7 Things Scot Pollard Wants You To Know Following His Survivor: Kaoh Rong Send-Off

Scot Pollard reflects on his Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

1. Scot Pollard reflects on his Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

On the latest episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong, one of this season's biggest puppeteers, former NBA player Scot Pollardwas blindsided in a jaw-dropping Tribal Council.

Long story short, Tai and Scot had the opportunity to join their two Idols together to form the Super Idol, but Tai didn't budge when Scot's name was called as the latest cast-off castaway. Instead, the San Francisco gardener stood his ground and allowed his former ally to be snuffed. 

We were able to catch up with one of this season's biggest threats following his exit, so find out what he had to say about his total blindside, which castaway's game he respects most, and what completely surprised him about the show.
1. How surprised were you when Tai didn't use his Idol to save you?

2. 1. How surprised were you when Tai didn't use his Idol to save you?

Scot: "I was really surprised. It was a true blindside. I'm not going to be one of those people that says I saw it coming. I really believed that Tai and I had a bond. We had a lot of individual conversations, so it was really surprising."
2. Looking back now, can you appreciate the bold move Tai made?

3. 2. Looking back now, can you appreciate the bold move Tai made?

Scot: "I would like to. Initially, after the shock wore off, I was like, 'Okay, what strategically does this do to help Tai win?' and I couldn't think of anything. So, after watching the episode, I was hoping I would see something that would show why he did it. But I didn't see anything. I still can't. 

Maybe I'm being blind, but it just seems like, at this point in the game, you want to sit next to people you think you can beat. I really think that I was a castaway somebody would want to sit next to in the finals. The audience didn't really see everything—that I'm a pretty likable guy—and people perceived me as a threat to win."
3. Did you ever consider playing Jason's Idol to save yourself instead of relying on Tai for the Super Idol?

4. 3. Did you ever consider playing Jason's Idol to save yourself instead of relying on Tai for the Super Idol?

Scot: "In retrospect, possibly, but the idea was we were going to try to do it the way we did the week before at Tribal Council. We were hoping to create enough fluster and confusion—whatever you want to call it—that [the castaways] might chew off another one of their legs like they did with Debbie and we'd be able to save our Idols.

So, we were just hoping for that, eventuality, and not knowing that Tai was flipping." 

 
4. How do you think Jason will do in the game now that you're gone?

5. 4. How do you think Jason will do in the game now that you're gone?

Scot: "He's a pretty good player and we'll see how that shakes down. We'll see what he's able to pull off."
5. At this point in the game, which castaway's game do you respect the most?

6. 5. At this point in the game, which castaway's game do you respect the most?

Scot: "Right now, I respect Julia because she seems to be the only one that's truly being analytical about the situation and taking emotion out of it. She didn't like that the sabotage happened or enjoy being in that scenario, but at the same time, she's playing both sides. 

She seems to be looking forward like, 'Who can I sit next to and beat?' And to think she just turned 19."
6. Do you have any regrets looking back at your journey?

7. 6. Do you have any regrets looking back at your journey?

Scot: "No, because it's a reality TV show and certain fans, while they love the drama and watch this show year in and year out, they forget that we're characters. 

I got betrayed by every single person I tried to make an alliance with, starting with Jason when he voted out Jenny, which was against what I wanted to do. Still, I made it to the final eight. I did pretty well, considering I couldn't trust anybody."
7. What did you find most surprising about being on Survivor?

8. 7. What did you find most surprising about being on Survivor?

Scot: "One, we never got any rice. Two, I was suspicious about certain aspects about the 'surviving' part. I thought there may be some amenities or things thrown in there to make your life easier, [but] it's real. All of the 'surviving' part is real.

That wasn't shocking, but it was a little surprising. I thought that maybe there was a little bit of fudging, but there was no help. It's 100-percent real."

Watch the episode where Scot was eliminated now, his trip to Ponderosa, and all-new episodes of Survivor on Wednesdays at 8/7c.