6 Things Caleb Wants You To Know Following His Survivor: Kaoh Rong Send-Off

Caleb Reynolds reflects on his Survivor: Kaoh Rong experience.

Caleb Reynolds reflects on his Survivor: Kaoh Rong experience.

On the latest episode of Survivor, Kentucky's own Caleb Reynolds—who fans first met as a Houseguest on Season 16 of Big Brotherleft Kaoh Rong after a heat-induced injury forced him out of the game. The super-tough competitor, who most would agree had what it took to make it very far in the game, has since been able to reflect on that whirlwind of a day—one that he most certainly won't forget. 

In the time since his exit, Caleb's had time to reflect on the tumultuous day that took him out of the running for Sole Survivor. After he was sent home via helicopter from the scene, we were able to catch up with him, so read on to find out what was going through his mind during the incident and what he really thought about that stolen kiss from Tai
1. Can you take us back to what was happening in the moments after the Rewards Challenge?

1. Can you take us back to what was happening in the moments after the Rewards Challenge?

Caleb: "I fell to my knees, then backward, and laid on the ground for a minute. I started to realize that my eyes were blotchy and getting kind of blurry. When I started to get really dizzy, I knew, at that point, I needed to close my eyes and just relax for a minute.

I went over to the shade and then just collapsed. I had no energy to do anything. Julia tried to hand me some water and I dropped it. My muscles weren’t working, my eyes rolled to the back of my head, and that was it. That’s all she wrote."
2. Were you aware of what was happening as you were pulled from the game?

2. Were you aware of what was happening as you were pulled from the game?

Caleb: "At first, I just figured I was exhausted from the challenge, but then heat exhaustion sunk in [and] heat stroke sunk in. I started shaking. At that point, I didn’t know what was going there. I was just trying to breathe.

It really started to sink in at the ambulance. I finally regained consciousness when Jeff asked, 'Caleb, can you hear me?' When he told me the doctors wanted to remove me from the game, that’s when I shook my head 'no.' After I shook my head, I was out again."
3. What happened after you were evacuated from Koah Rong?

3. What happened after you were evacuated from Koah Rong?

Caleb: "I woke up one time on the helicopter just for a short minute and then I went back out again. Then, I finally woke up for good in the ambulance. It was a roller coaster, let me tell you."
4. Looking back, would you have done anything differently during the challenge?

4. Looking back, would you have done anything differently during the challenge?

Caleb: "No, not at all. I would go back and do exactly what I did this time. I give everything, my all. I don’t hold back.

People that know me from Big Brother, I’m the same way. Other than throwing a couple competitions in Big Brother, there wasn’t one that I didn’t give 110-percent in and that’s the same in Survivor. If I go back, I’m going to play just as hard and just hope for a better outcome."
5. What was your favorite memory from the show?

5. What was your favorite memory from the show?

Caleb: "I will never forget the moment with Tai when he just had to try and kiss me. They showed a vey short clip of that, but the entire scene lasted a good 20 minutes. It was like that whole morning, we were all laughing, carrying on, and then he tried to kiss me. I was like, 'Dang, Tai, you just tried to kiss me!,' and he said he wanted the fish.

Even later on, anytime Tai or I said something, everyone was just like, 'Caleb, I bet you won’t let Tai kiss you.' From that point on, it became like a joke. It was really funny. It kept us all in high spirits. You just don’t expect a guy on your tribe try to kiss you for no reason.

I was in the Big Brother house with Frankie Grande for 90 days and not once did he try to kiss me! And there’s Tai out there, for just six or seven days, and he tries to move in for a kiss." 
6. Have you kept in touch with your fellow Beauty Tribe member Tai since the show?

6. Have you kept in touch with your fellow Beauty Tribe member Tai since the show?

Caleb: "Yeah, I talk to Tai often. When I last did, he was like, 'My boyfriend’s so mad. He didn’t like that I tried to kiss the sexy cowboy.' And I was like, 'I bet he didn’t!'"

Watch the episode where Caleb's Survivor journey ended and all-new episodes of Survivor on Wednesdays at 8/7c.