(CBS) – Survivor 41 sent two players home this week as both Naseer Muttalif and Evvie Jagoda went from wrecks to jurors.
CBS’s Matt Weiss talked to Naseer about his overall blind side and what it was like to be in the game.
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Mw- Naseer, glad to see you today. I’m sure it’s a little bittersweet for you now but you’ve played an amazing game.
NM- Oh, thank you, man. Appreciate it. It’s a bit bittersweet but at the same time, mostly sweet. The love I received from my family and friends is what matters.
Mw- I loved how positive you were even after being voted out. You were there for the right reasons and you really had a great perspective on everything.
NM- Absolutely. I have been waiting for my dream for many years. It is not so easy to achieve. To board Survivor is that a special moment. So when you get on board, you give 110% every day. Play Survivor as if it is not tomorrow.
Mw- What was that experience like when you first stepped on the beach?
NM- Well, when I got to the island, it was like wow, it’s paradise right. It’s beautiful, it’s a beautiful island but at the same time we’re here to play. Immediately I watched what was happening. I think I did a little too fast in terms of playing the game and looking for an idol.
From day one, I was on the bottom. But I didn’t want to show that. I intended to show them that I was upstairs. I don’t want to make them feel like I feel like that. Although we had no rice, no silica and it was very hard but I played 100%.
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It was really hard but I am very adaptive. I’m not really worried or even hesitant to get out of my comfort zone. So yes, enjoy what you have and keep going.
Mw- You always have to be adaptable. Even with that things can happen though as we saw when you were blinded at a tribal with an idol in your pocket. When did you realize that things were going south for you?
NM- You know, I never trusted anyone fully until my last day, that was the biggest mistake. When you start trusting people, then you feel comfortable, right? When you stop thinking about what’s going on, consider trusting someone.
In the game of Survivor at some point you have to trust someone. I was upset about leaving of course especially with the idol. I am also a human being, I am sad but at the same time my friends gave me very good support and people thought me so highly. That was really amazing for me.
Mw- And if you were offered the chance to go out, would you do it?
NM- I would disconnect this call right now and leave this moment!
Mw- [Laughs] I assumed. Well Naseer you were definitely a fan and it was a pleasure to watch you out there. All the best and hope to see you again!
NM- Thank you very much!
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