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

Joe reflects on his Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

1. Joe reflects on his Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

On the latest episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong, Joesph Del Campo, a former FBI agent who made it all the way to the Final 5, was taken out of the game after experiencing abdominal pains. Sure, his tribe mates were sad to see their good friend go, but they knew it was for the best.

This season, Joe stuck close by Aubry for most of the game and was hopeful they could land in the finals together. Even at 71, Joe was always willing to give each challenge his all and even snagged the latest Reward win from his much younger competitors. 

We were able to catch up with this season's latest eliminated castaway, so find out what he had to say about "getting it done at 71," why the Dara Tribe was so personal to him, and how a group of teenagers reacted to seeing Joe compete on TV.
1. Can you tell us more about your unfortunate Survivor send-off?

2. 1. Can you tell us more about your unfortunate Survivor send-off?

Joe: "Well, my first thought was how painful the condition was. As the minutes went by, my body was retaining more and more fluid and, unfortunately, I couldn't pass any water. Also, my intestines were full of that wonderful meat from the night before. If I'm going to use a word to describe it all, it would be 'unbearable.'

[The doctor] did an assessment and said, 'If you let this condition go and something doesn't happen in the next couple of hours, [you'll] need to be catheterized and sent to the mainland in Cambodia.' And I went, 'Oh, well, I don't want that.' He gave me a window of a couple hours and, after a short time, I was transported to Ponderosa and met with my former tribe mates."
2. How does it feel knowing Cydney could have stopped you from overeating but chose not to?

3. 2. How does it feel knowing Cydney could have stopped you from overeating but chose not to?

Joe: "Well, you got to realize now, Cydney is playing the game the way the game should be played. So,do you tell your competitor, 'Hey, maybe you shouldn't eat so much meat so you'll be strong and healthy tomorrow,' or do you just sit back and not say anything? It's kind of a double-edged sword. 

She played a very focused, laser-sharp game. Would I have done the same thing? Knowing me and how I'm pretty vocal, I would have said, 'Maybe you're eating too much meat.' But do I hold a grudge against Cydney for what she did? Absolutely not."
3. If you were still in the game, who would you have wanted to make it to the end with?

4. 3. If you were still in the game, who would you have wanted to make it to the end with?

Joe: "Certainly Aubry because we had that allegiance to each other all along. Who else? I don't know. It would have depended on the strategy and how the rest of the challenges played out."
4. Do you keep in touch with anyone from your season?

5. 4. Do you keep in touch with anyone from your season?

Joe: "There are two people I'm pretty close to—Aubry and Michele. I've texted with Peter a couple times and [spoken] a little bit with Neal and Nick."
5. What are your favorite memories from the show?

6. 5. What are your favorite memories from the show?

Joe: "When my fifth bag went into that hole and [host] Jeff [Probst] put his hands up and said, 'You won!,' that was a great moment. Unfortunately, as Jeff said, 'It was the greatest moment you had in winning, but it proved to be your demise,' but the irony of it is kind of cool, in a way. Of course, I wish it didn't happen and had made it to the finals, but looking back, that moment was my defining one.

My other favorite moment was just talking with my fellow tribe mates on Dara. By the way, I came up with the name Dara. It means 'star' in the Khmer language. Right on the beach that day, I pitched the name to the show and they liked it. I thought they would have showed that scene in the show, but they didn't.

I have that as a lasting legacy, so that's another thing I'm proud of that will live on forever—the name Dara."
 
6. What can you tell us about reuniting with your fellow castaways at Ponderosa?

7. 6. What can you tell us about reuniting with your fellow castaways at Ponderosa?

Joe: "Once we're there, the game is behind us. We all have respect for one another. We're just regular people from all different walks of life—Scot being a former NBA champion, Jason being a bounty hunter, and me being a former FBI guy. Totally diverse positions in life, but at the same time, so much respect for each other outside the game."

Watch Joe's video from Ponderosa now.
7. How do you feel having inspired so many people by

8. 7. How do you feel having inspired so many people by "getting it done at 71?"

Joe: "I'll tell you what, last night we went to a party and there were about a dozen pre-teen boys and girls there that are super-fans of the show, just like their parents. I sat with them to watch the show and I got such a kick out of the enthusiasm out of these young people. They were cheering for me when that last bag got in and then, when I went home, they were all sad for me. 

One 13-year-old girl turned to me and said, 'I want to go on that show because of you.' That made me feel better than winning the satay beef. You never know whose lives you touch. I'm smiling just reminiscing about that. It just makes me feel good."

Watch the season finale of Survivor: Kaoh Rong on Wednesday, May 18 at 8/7c!