As the Villains continued to spiral out of control in the wake of leader Boston Rob's exit, Ben "Coach" Wade — who helped seal Rob's fate by voting for Courtney last week to avoid a tie - tried to convince his teammates to
eliminate their weakest members, especially after they lost yet another immunity challenge. But Sandra's manipulations put Coach in Russell's crosshairs and he was voted off. "All-Stars was nothing like I expected. The first time you play, it’s magical, and the second time, the best comparison is: day 36 in Tocantins was day one in Samoa. Everybody was just brutal, playing right off the bat. There’s no time to get to know each other. You
draw the line in the sand and that’s what you go with," Coach tells In Touch, adding that his goal was to play with integrity, despite what others might say. "I can get really worked up about it because it doesn’t matter how
honorable I try to be, people are always going to make me look dishonorable."
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Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
Eliminated April 8: "Coach" Ben Wade
You played against JT last time, and he decided to switch up his game this time - you stuck with loyalty.
It obviously didn’t pay off for me, but I really debated about it. As I was on this long plane flight down there, I thought, “Can I play differently? I think I could get a long way if I told everybody I don’t compromise my word.” A part of me wanted to win a million dollars and the other part of me said, “That’s not who you are.” So I said, I’m going to play the exact same way, with honor and integrity.
But Rob was pretty disappointed in the way you played, after claiming you were going to play honorably. Have you talked to him about that?
I have and I can understand Rob’s point of view, but he has to look at it from my point of view and that is very simple. Why would I tie up a vote and draw rocks and possibly be the one going home? That doesn’t make any sense.
That’s what he asked you to do?
Absolutely. People are gullible and they listen to Boston Rob and say, “Crucify Coach. Why didn’t he stick with Boston Rob and vote out Russell?” I’m sorry, can anybody say four plus four equals eight? Seriously. Boston
Rob trying to make me look dishonorable with all of his exit interviews could really work me up if I think about it. If it was 5 to 4, I would fall on my sword and say I dishonored myself. And I love Boston Rob, but the ego
of people makes them blind. I told him — and I told Russell the same thing — “Put aside your ego and let’s meet in the middle. Let me mediate between the two of you so that for the time being we can keep our tribe strong.” My game
has always been to get out the weakest players and take the strongest players to the end and I told them that.
Whose game did you have more respect for?
Respect comes in a variety of ways. When you have somebody like Boston Rob, he’s a legend of the game. I wanted to play with him because I thought he was going to be loyal. I didn’t want to play with Russell because I thought
he would stab you in the back whenever he had the chance. But I do respect his game because he uses the tools that he’s been given: he’s a ferocious player, a bulldog and a bully, and he uses that to his advantage. He obviously got farther in the game than me.
Let’s talk about when Russell "knighted you" after showing you the hidden immunity idol that he found. What was that about?
I’m always looking for epic ways to play the game and ways to incorporate my own fantasies. With my whole Knights of the Round Table theme going on, when Russell showed me the idol, I thought this was a great time to have a piece
of the game incorporated in some type of ceremony. For me, it wasn’t just a show or for Russell’s sake. I thought “This is cool.” Of course, I was blown away that he showed me the idol and I had just made up my mind to get rid of
him. At that time I took him at face value, that he was only showing me and he wanted to play the game with me. Not what Parvati said, that I’m a “scared little puppy out there.” That kind of hurt when I saw her say that.
You’ve since watched Russell’s season. What was your reaction?
I was a little bit surprised, in terms of what he would resort to get ahead in the game. It was tough to see. Of course, my second thought was, “Wow, if we had watched this season, he would have been the first one gone.”
Rob said he figured Russell must have been quite a weasel to make the cut.
Well, he was right about that.
What’s going on with you and Jerri now?
She’s an incredible lady. The time and place to start a relationship is not on Survivor, although Rob and Amber would obviously disagree with me. But Jerri and I made a promise that we would see each other outside the game once everything had calmed down, so I’m looking forward to seeing her at the finale.
What one thing do you wish you had done differently?
My big mistake was not listening to my sixth sense when we were sitting at tribal the night Tyson got voted out. Something inside me said to yell four words at Tyson: “Stick with the plan!” And I didn’t. Of course, that was the beginning of the end for me.
Would you play the game again?
Absolutely! If they called me I’d pack my bags immediately. In fact, I wouldn’t even pack my bags, I’d say, “Here’s my cell phone. I’ll see you in two months.”