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Survivor: Taylor has a son on the way, but not with Figgy

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“If I know I can get ahead by eating more food than these guys, then I’m going to do it.” Perhaps not the best thing to say right before voting at Tribal Council, but that’s just the way Taylor Lee Stocker rolls — and he rolled right out of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X a few minutes later.

Does Taylor regret stealing the tribe food? Does he still hold animosity towards Adam? And did he think about lying even more about Adam’s advantage and role in the food hoarding to make him look worse? We asked him all that and more when Taylor called into EW Morning Live (Entertainment Weekly Radio, SiriusXM, channel 105) Thursday morning, and you better believe we also got into all the off-screen drama involving the dissolution of his relationship with Figgy. Is there really a baby with another woman on the way? Here are a few highlights from the chat:

On why he outed Adam’s advantage secret at Tribal Council:

“I was really hoping it would turn the tides. I had nothing to lose at that point. I knew that it was going to be Jay or myself so I was going to go down swinging, and that’s how we do it.”

On if he thought about also selling out Jay:

“I thought about it. If I had known exactly how votes were going to go, I guess I could have tied it with Jay, but Survivor is one of those things where you never know what is going to happen and you always go out of the game — unless you’re in the top three — thinking, ‘I wish I would have done this.’ You always have these thoughts after. That was an option, but I definitely didn’t want to go there if I didn’t have to.”

On Jay voting for him, and Will voting for Jay:

“I had talked with Jay, and when I knew that it was going to be me, I didn’t want Jay to suffer the consequences for any more of my actions, so I was like, ‘Dude, just do it. Just get it over with.’ I said, ‘You gotta do you, man.’ I knew they were splitting votes between myself and Jay and I believe that was the cause of idol talk, so Will must have just rochambeaued on Jay’s side. I don’t think it would have mattered if he would have voted for me or Jay either way.”

On Adam’s reaction to Taylor revealing his secret:

“It was painful. I’m sure it was painful for him to watch that and to try to dig his way out of that.… His face was pretty classic.”

On whether he thought about lying to make Adam’s advantage seem more powerful than it actually was:

“Yeah, because I doubt he had it with him at the time. And I did make some allegations that I don’t think they showed because they may have been out of context. I had a really good suspicion that he also had an idol, and made a really good hint that he had also in his little magic bag had an idol somewhere in there, so [I was] just trying to throw him under the bus as hard as I could.”

On making up with Adam after the game:

“Definitely. He’s a cool guy. Even from the beginning of the show, I could just tell that he was gonna be a cool guy. And in the game, it sucked working with him, but in real life he’s an excellent guy.”

On if he regrets being so unapologetic at Tribal Council about stealing the food:

“In that moment, people are really tired and really hungry. They aren’t necessarily mad after the game or once they’re [full] after a reward or something — then they’re not upset. But in that moment, where they are so tired and hungry sitting at Tribal and they find out I have a ton of food still back at camp, they’re just going, ‘Oh, man, I hate you so much.’ At one point I turned to Dave and he said, ‘Is there more food left?’ hoping he could get some. And I said, ‘Well, that depends if you’re writing my name down or not.’ Because I’m not going to tell you where it is at.”

On his favorite stolen food:

“They had these mangoes that were coated in sugar and it was immediate energy. So just before a challenge or waking up in the morning, you’re just that more energized than everyone else. Even the simplest of things like raisins or dates, just full of energy foods. That was a good treat.”

On if he and Jay finished all the food:

“No, there was some left. We’ll have to see how that plays out. And I don’t know what they’ll do with that. I wish we would have ate more, but I know Jay really stuffed his face when I told him about it.”

On his break-up with Figgy:

“When I returned from Fiji, I found out I had a son on the way. And just to do what was best for my family then called things off with her. I know she was super hurt about that. So it still kind of sucks with that. She’s a great gal and know she’s got a good future ahead of her.”

On Figgy not being happy with him and what that could mean at the Reunion show:

“Yeah, like Jerry Springer status. Hopefully not, but you know, the way things panned out for her, if I look at it from her angle, it does suck. The situation sucks. But I think she’ll come to grips with the idea that I’m just trying to do what’s best for my family. In the long term, I think she wants to be in media. I don’t necessarily want to. I like my quiet home up here in north Idaho. We just kind of had different thoughts on the future.”

On his son arriving in the next few weeks:

“What I said before is that if I can function on Survivor sleep, which is like 10 minutes a night, then I think I’ll be able to survive this.”

On if he still does not care who is president after this very contentious election:

“It’s not that I don’t care. It’s really that I don’t put my hope in a single person. It always brings me back to this film, Idiocracy, where the president is this giant buff guy that is a wrestler and he is put on a pedestal and he’s supposed to solve the world in three days and solve all the problems, and I just don’t believe that one man is going to fix all this. It’s all an individual thing and I vote my dollars all the time. And for the most part, I’m not going to put my faith in one man.”

You can hear the entire Taylor interview as part of the EW Morning Live podcast below (along with our conversation with Kathy Bates and tribute to the worst movie ever made, Manos: The Hands of Fate). Also make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and make sure to read Dalton’s full Survivor recap and Q&A with host Jeff Probst.

 

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