Survivor is back, with its season premiere tonight on Global! And there’s some familiar faces: The Facts of Life Star Lisa Whelchel, MLB star Jeff Kent and three previous Survivor players who left the game early after medical emergencies – Russell Swan, Michael Skupin and Jonathan Penner.
We spoke to two of those familiar faces today – Lisa and Michael – who filled us in on their experience. First things first, what’s The Facts of Life‘s stuck-up Blair Warner doing on Survivor?
“This came out of a genuine love of the show,” Lisa tells ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey. “What’s interesting is that not only is it far away from Blair, playing the game is as far away from Lisa as well because I spent a lifetime trying to be good and tell the truth and have everybody like [me]. Then you play a game where, if you’re going to play like that, you’re going to be off really early.”
But Michael, whose hands took a year to heal from burns sustained on Season 2 of the show, has no qualms about playing the game the way it’s meant to be played: “Every syllable that came out of my mouth, every step that I took, everything that I said, was [part of the] game.”
Watch Cheryl’s full interviews on tonight’s ET Canada, before tuning in to the season premiere of Survivor: Philippines at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.
Plus, watch a scene of Survivor: Philippines below in which Lisa tries to hide her The Facts of Life fame.
- By Patricia Pehar