Survivor: The Yak’s Interview with Caleb Bankston

Caleb_BankstonToday the Yak interviewed Caleb Bankston the 26 year old post office manager/ farmer from Collinsville, Alabama. Caleb is engaged to returning player Colton Cumbie from Survivor One World. Previously this Yak interviewed Colton when he exited Survivor One World and found him to be hilarious, witty, extremely intelligent and quite charming. Although Jeff Probst questioned Caleb on the show as to how this mellow, laid back, easy going man could possibly have anything in common with the high strung, seemingly high maintenance Colton, I see them as the perfect yin and yang. As Caleb said on Survivor, “opposites attract.”

YAK: Congratulations Caleb on making it 30 days in the game although I have to say I’m a tad disappointed because I had you in the finals with Hayden.

Caleb: Thank you! It was a good run. Me, Hayden and Ciera were my final 3.

YAK: Have you always been a Survivor fan or only because Colton was on Survivor?

Caleb: I’ve caught several seasons of the show. I’ve never been as loyal as Colton. Colton has never really missed an episode. Growing up on a farm you know if you get home at 7:00 (back then it was on a Thursday night) you got to watch it, if not you just missed it. That’s kind of how it was. If I was home and was able to watch it, I watched it.

YAK: How did you really feel about Colton quitting?

Caleb: I was actually shocked about it but you know when Jeff (Probst) was grilling him I wanted to jump in but I didn’t want to disrespect Jeff at all. I knew what Jeff was going to say but it didn’t really matter what he was going to say. Nothing that Jeff pointed out or said would actually change my opinion about Colton. When Colton wanted to quit he made the comment that he’s changed and he’s grown since One World. There is definitely a different person than that. I understood. I got it. I really didn’t want him to be broken when we got home. I didn’t want him to stick it out in the game and go against who he wanted to be. That was my whole thing. As long as he stayed true to himself I wanted him to do whatever he wanted to do.

YAK: Who did you enjoy getting to know the most out there?

Caleb: I was really a Tyson fan since Tocantins. His kind of humor; to say whatever is on his mind. Colton is kind of similar to that.

YAK: You mean sarcastic and witty?

Caleb: (laughs) Yes I kind of gravitate towards that. I really enjoyed getting to know Vytas, Ciera, Hayden and John. John was a cool guy. Marissa and Rachel I wish I had gotten to know them more but they weren’t out there enough for me to get to know them. I felt like I got pretty close to John. Me and Vytas and Hayden were thick as thieves until the tribe swap happened and threw Vytas to the other side. Then we had to grab hold of Ciera and pull her in close.

YAK: What did you find the most challenging?

Caleb: I guess getting over those challenge jitters. You know you go into those challenges and the veterans have a little bit of an edge on you because they’ve walked up on day 1. They’ve been to their first challenge, their first tribal council. They kind of know what to expect. I think that’s why the first few weeks the “loved ones” tribe, we were ahead and then we just kind of lost it at the end. I think it was the jitters. I think it was the nervousness, everything getting to us and not knowing what to expect. Being there in the element and that feeling of euphoria.

YAK: Who do you think is playing the best game so far?

Caleb: Right now I think Tyson is playing the best game. I loved Hayden’s performance at that last tribal council. His back was against the wall and he came out swinging. I was loving it. That was my first tribal council as a jury member and that was a great first one!

YAK: During that last tribal council you jury members were laughing at some of the things being said.

Caleb: Yeah, Gervase should keep his mouth shut more at tribal council. He tends to step all over himself when he tries to talk and ends up burning a few bridges. That was pretty good. If they hadn’t have gone to rocks and Tyson had switched and voted Monica just to kind of avoid putting himself in danger, Ciera would have been the power player of the season. Since that didn’t work out and she tried to pull a move and it didn’t work, I think Tyson is running the show and he’s in a good spot to go to the end and win. Who knows?

YAK: What are you most proud of regarding how you played the game?

Caleb: I don’t know. I didn’t think the Brad Culpepper tribal council was that big of a thing. I was just feeling that way and I just went with it. I wasn’t thinking this will be a big move or anything. My thing was staying true and not letting anything bother me. Being able to let things go and separate the game from real life. Realizing that people who voted me out or did something, or flipped on me, it’s just a game and I don’t hold that against them at all.

YAK: That’s probably one of the reasons that you are well liked by fans and the other players, however you don’t think that announcing at tribal, “I’m voting for Brad” was a big move? It was pretty cool.Colton-Cumbie-Caleb-Bankston

Caleb: Watching it back, I did because Colton being such a big fan of the show explained to me why that was such a big move and he respected it a lot. That meant a lot to me that he was so proud of it. I left and I was all smiles because I actually had done something to help my alliance I felt. It wasn’t I’ve got to do this to make a big move. It was I’ve got to do this to secure my spot.

YAK: Is there anything you’d like to tell our readers or clarify, that was maybe lost in the edit?

Caleb: I’ve probably got more fans than Colton does out there. But for the fans, go easy on him. He’s not the bad guy, he’s really sweet. If you got to know him you’d all love him. I couldn’t make it to the end to get the million, but vote for me for Fan Favorite!

YAK: You and Colton have been together a long time now, when are you getting married?

Caleb: It’s four years now. We are getting married on October 11th in Connecticut. I’m really excited about it!

Being an outdoorsman Caleb really enjoyed his time on Survivor and would definitely do it again.

Thanks for talking with us today Caleb and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!



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“Survivor:” The Yak Chats With Kat Edorsson, Latest Eliminated Castaway

SURVIVOR: BLOOD VS. WATERKat Edorsson the 24 year old spunky contestant from Survivor One World was eliminated from Survivor on Thursday nights’ episode of Survivor Blood vs. Water when she lost the “flame puzzle” challenge to John and Laura in the Redemption Island duel. Kat had joined the cast with her boyfriend Hayden Moss, the 27 year old winner of “Big Brother 12.”

We spoke with Kat today to find out how she’s doing now and her thoughts on her most recent foray into the Survivor arena.

The Yak: Hi Kat, thanks for spending the time to talk with us today here at Yakkity Yaks TV and Reality News.
Kat Edorsson: Happy Halloween!! Thanks for talking with me!
The Yak: Do you think that Laura cheated when she continued to look at John’s puzzle?
Kat: Do I think that John should have pushed his puzzle down, yeah you could say that. Do I think that Laura kind of cheated, yeah you could say that. But when you think about it…for a million dollars? I would have done it I have to say. I just couldn’t see and I wasn’t in the position to see. The more time I spent trying to look at John’s puzzle the less time I was able to spend putting puzzle pieces on my own puzzle. It wasn’t relevant to me because I wasn’t in a position to see it.
The Yak: The Yak has a very large Big Brother fan base so I know our readers want to know about the relationship between you and Hayden and where it stands.
Kat: We are fantastic! He’s snoozing right now. We are going to be bumble bees this Halloween. We’ve been together ever since and always will be and don’t see our lives going anywhere else than just being with each other. He’s my best friend. He’s amazing!
Swoop In For The KillThe Yak: Congratulations to you both. Do you have regret that you and Hayden didn’t switch at Redemption Island?
Kat: That’s a great question. At the time I wanted to switch. I’m not going to take that back. When I saw that puzzle I’m like “Babe get your butt down here and switch with me because there’s no way I’m making it out of here alive!” That’s when those kind two words come to me he comes and says “but long-term?” When I heard that I’m like I’m out of here. For a girl, what does that mean? Does it mean long-term for our relationship? Does it mean long-term in life? Does it mean long-term in the game? When I heard him say that, that’s just something I knew. For a long time when I found out I was going to be playing with Hayden I always wanted to prepare myself to be playing against him. So in my dreams I would dream about having a final 4 scenario with Hayden and myself. I would have to come up with all these reasons as to why I’d have to write Hayden’s name down if we go to final 4. Ideally if I was going to sit down in a final three situation with my boyfriend, I was never going to win. I knew that in the bottom of my heart. So when he said to me (I have to explain it to you guys because I want you to know how deep it was when he said this), “long-term, who do you think has a better chance of winning this game?” In my heart I’ve always known it was Hayden. I always knew he was going to beat me. Not only do I have to come into a game where I should be getting my own redemption because I got blindsided the season before, I’m coming in to this game. Here I am and he says those things to me and I’m like “dang it!” That’s why I was so emotional. I’ve always known that he was going to beat me. I was coming up with reasons to write his name down because I wanted to beat him. Not because I don’t love him and not because he doesn’t love me just because I wanted a chance at something! It was really hard.
The Yak: It appeared that you and Tina were really close. How surprised or hurt were you that she just turned on you immediately?
Kat: I mean she pulled a sniper on me didn’t she?
The Yak: She did, and I was surprised. I would have thought she’d have been a bigger target being a previous winner.
Kat: You know what? Go ahead and preach girl! Make sure you let everyone know that because I’m still trying to figure out what she was doing. I still can’t believe that happened. I spent the majority of the time making sure that Tina and Monica weren’t biting each others’ heads off! They were always at each others’ throats. You have no idea. Here I am trying to be the middle man and then I get stuck in the crossfire. Now I’m eliminated? For what?… because I’m accommodating Tina’s conversation about Monica? What else is new? Everyone talked about each other all the time. That’s why there was no true alliance in our season, from when I was there. Everyone was always against each other and talking about each other. Tina was constantly saying something bad so where does your allegiance really lie?
The Yak: If you had made it to the merge what were your plans besides you and Hayden?
Kat: I was so determined to stay with Tina that if I didn’t get eliminated I probably would have stayed with Tina but honestly I would have had to go with the flow. You never know I could have aligned with Caleb for all I know. I would have gone with Tina and maybe Tyson, I’m not sure. At the time my alliance was Tyson, Aras and Gervase but if I had gone to the merge I would have strategized with Hayden and we would have discussed who we felt more comfortable with. Who did I trust the most in the game at that point? It was Tyson and I really enjoyed Laura M.
Swoop In For The KillThe Yak: What are your thoughts on Laura B? Everyone’s interviews indicated that they found her annoying.
Kat: She’s out of her element. When you are lost in your own head you are great for Survivor lol. You don’t worry too much about where everything is in the game when you are the last person to know something and you are the first person to be going every single tribal council but you never go because there’s a bigger target somewhere. That’s the nature of the game. Did she annoy me? No, because I understand her and I’ve spent a lot of time with the Bonham’s; both of them before.
The Yak: Was it easier on Survivor the second time?
Kat: Absolutely! There was nothing I was afraid of. I’ll sleep when I’m dead. You know what I mean? I don’t need to sleep. You don’t need to feed me, I’ll starve. I was just thankful that I was in the same area code as my boyfriend for more than 3 days. I’ve never spent more time with Hayden in my life. To this day I haven’t spent that long with Hayden. I saw him for 17 days straight but hardly got to speak to him. The atmosphere couldn’t have done anything to me I was just blessed that I got to see him for 17 days in a row and you would be saying the same thing if you were dating him too.
The Yak: What would you have done differently?
Kat: If you are caught in a lie own up to it. I would have apologized to Monica and admitted it. Basically don’t lie to a Culpepper if you are caught. Lol
The Yak: Any chance we will see you and Hayden on the Amazing Race?
Kat: Hey you keep watching girlfriend! We will see! We want to see that and we will let CBS know that that is something we are really interested in!
The Yak: Any parting words for our readers at the YAK?
Kat: Just know that Hayden and I are very thankful that we’ve had all the support and love from last night. It was really, really hard. It was probably the biggest decision that Hayden had to make (not trading places with Kat on Redemption Island). It was the best experience of our lives and hopefully we will see you guys soon and if you guys want to give us any shoutouts our hashtag is #HAT it’s for Kat and Hayden. We are enjoying it. Everyone’s been giving us some love and we love you guys back so we appreciate it!!
The Yak: Thanks Kat have a Happy Halloween and make sure to come to Yakkity Yaks TV and Reality News and say hey!
Kat: Thanks so much, Happy Halloween to everyone!

Kat was very candid in our interview. She’s full of energy and fun. It was a pleasure speaking with her. Kat intimated that it may have been a good thing for Hayden’s game for her to leave when she did. She encourages us all to watch and see.

Stay tuned for more Survivor Blood vs Water to see what happens!!!!

“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” Cast Includes Former Winners, a Big Brother Alum, and Fan Favorite

CBS has finally revealed the 20 contestants who will participate in the upcoming 27th season of the hit show, “Survivor.” The “Blood vs. Water” season will feature past Survivor contestants paired with a family member. The twist is that these former contestants will ultimately be playing AGAINST their own blood. There will only be one SOLE Survivor.

CBS boasts that this edition of Survivor will feature the return of Redemption Island, where castaways who have been eliminated have another shot at returning into the game for the million dollar prize! But there’s yet another twist! Loved ones will be forced to choose whether to “save” their partner on Redemption Island and switch places with them, thus allowing their loved one to immediately re-enter the game, or leave them in exile to survive on their own.

“Survivor: Blood vs Water” premieres Sept 18 with a special 90-minute premiere at 8/7c! Check out the cast below and be sure to catch the video!

Tyson Apostol (Survivor: Tocantins, 2nd Jury member; Heroes vs. Villains, 6th Voted Out) & Rachel Foulger

Aras Baskauskas (Survivor: Panama – Exile Island, Winner) & Vytas Baskauskas

Rupert Boneham (Survivor: Pearl Island, 2nd Jury member; All Stars, 6th Jury member, Winner Fan-Favorite; Heroes vs. Villains, 7th Jury member) & Laura Boneham

Candice Cody (Survivor: Cook Islands, 5th Jury Member; Heroes vs. Villains, 5th Jury Member) & John Cody

Monica Culpepper (Survivor: One World, 5th Voted Out) & Brad Culpepper

Colton Cumbie (Survivor: One World, 6th Out – Medically Evacuated) & Caleb Bankston

Kat Edorsson (Survivor: One World, 6th Jury Member) & Hayden Moss

Laura Morett (Survivor: Samoa, 3rd Jury Member) & Ciera Eastin

Gervase Peterson (Survivor: Borneo, 3rd Jury Member) & Marissa Peterson

Tina Wesson (Survivor: Australia, Winner; All Stars, 1st Voted Out) & Katie Collins

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