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'Survivor' post-game: Forget women, it was food that Steve pined for

May 6, 2011 |  3:09 pm

100311_SG00166 Steve Wright, try as he might, couldn’t get things just wright (so sorry) on “Survivor.” The former Dallas Cowboys player made it far but became the third addition to this season’s jury.

His former Zapatera tribe members Stephanie and Krista went on and on about Steve and others being so boring. My interview with him didn’t do much to change that perception. But hey! For everyone who watched Steve waste away over the last few months: he did in fact lose 33 pounds.

“I got a pretty good jump on [regaining the weight]. I ate nonstop for a few weeks,” Steve said.
When you’re enjoying waffles with ice cream for breakfast, that definitely helped him get back up to 240 pounds. Steve said his game plan going in to the game was just to not succumb to food.

“When I saw those cheeseburgers [presented as a temptation during a previous immunity challenge], that went out the window,” he said. “Besides that, it was just to keep up morale, not have any division … keep everyone together as a team, but you gotta be flexible.”

Steve said he and Julie, plus Mike and Ralph later, were an immediate alliance, because they could all depend on each other. When I asked if there was anyone he didn’t immediately like, he didn’t hesitate to say David.

“I had to grow to like him; he wasn’t a social player. Took a lot of effort,” Steve said. “[And] Russell was a big irritant, with his harem.”

Steve then reiterated how the lack of food got to him.

“It’s just the reality; there’s no way to prepare yourself to starve,” he said. “I have a whole new respect for people starving around the world. When the cup of rice you had in the morning is all you’ll have all day … ”

With the May 15 finale and reunion coming up fast, Steve said he’s looking forward to seeing everybody again. Even “crazy” Phillip.

I did ask if learning the true meaning of “Murlonio” annoyed him (Boston Rob suggested the name for the merged tribe, claiming it meant “from the water as one” or something in Spanish, when it’s really just the name of one of his wife’s stuffed animals).

“It was funny,” Steve said. “I took it hook, line and sinker; kind of liked the name. But it’s a game, and Rob was awesome.”

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Photos: Steve competes in the four-way duel on Redemption Island before losing and becoming part of the jury. Credit: CBS.

Steve Wright, try as he might, couldn’t get things just wright (so sorry) on “Survivor.” The former Dallas Cowboys player made it far, but became the third addition to this season’s jury.

His former Zapatera tribe members I talked to earlier this year went on and on about Steve and others being so boring. My interview with him … didn’t do much to change that perception. But hey! For everyone that watched Steve waste away over the past few months, he did in fact lose 33 pounds.

 

“I got a pretty good jump on [regaining the weight]. I ate nonstop for a few weeks,” Steve said.

When you’re enjoying waffles with ice cream for breakfast, that definitely helped him get back up to 240 pounds. Steve said his game plan going in to the game was just to not succumb to food.

“When I saw those cheeseburgers [presented as a temptation during a previous immunity challenge], that went out the window,” he said. “Besides that, it was just to keep up morale, not have any division … keep everyone together as a team, but you gotta be flexible.”

Like Julie said last week, Steve said the two of them plus Mike and Ralph later were an immediate alliance, because they could all depend on each other for various tasks. When I asked if there was anyone he didn’t immediately like, he didn’t hesitate to say David.

“I had to grow to like him, he wasn’t a social player. Took a lot of effort,” Steve said. “[And] Russell was a big irritant, with his harem.”

Steve then reiterated how the lack of food got to him.

“It’s just the reality, there’s no way to prepare yourself to starve,” he said. “I have a whole new respect for people starving around the world. When you the cup of rice you had in the morning is all you’ll have all day…”

And with the May 15 finale and reunion coming up fast, Steve said he’s looking forward to seeing everybody again. Even “crazy” Phillip. I did ask if now knowing the true meaning of “Murlonio” got to him now (Boston Rob suggested the name for the merged tribe, saying it meant “from the water as one” or something in Spanish, when it’s really just the name of one of his wife’s stuffed animals).

“It was funny,” Steve said. “I took it hook, line and sinker, kind of liked the name. But it’s a game, and Rob was awesome.”

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