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Kimmi Kappenberg
Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

It is one of pop culture’s most famous finger wags. Kimmi Kappenberg had a sliiiiiiiight disagreement with Alicia on Survivor: The Australian Outback about how often the tribe should be eating their chickens. Their argument ended with Alicia’s finger waving back and forth in Kimmi’s face.

So naturally when we spoke with Kimmi out on location for Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance, we had to ask: What will she do if someone hits her up with another finger wag? “I will not break someone’s finger if they wag it in my face,” says Kimmi. “I am more controlled now. I will react. I will say my peace, but I will probably not be quite as aggressive as I was.”

We’ll see. That’s easy to say, but it is often a different matter altogether once you get tired, wet, and hungry. But after being passed over for other all-star seasons, did Kimmi lose hope that she would ever be asked back to play Survivor? “I always hoped,” says Kimmi. “I mean, I wasn’t holding my breath that I would have a second chance, but I was definitely hopeful. And as time goes by you kind of think, maybe I’m expired. But it honestly feels like everything in my personal life was lined up and this was a great time, because had they called me earlier it probably wouldn’t have been a good time in my personal life. So I think this was the right time.”

We also asked Kimmi if she formed any pre-game alliances back in the United States during the fan voting period, and she outed one potential player as forming a coalition. “There was actually a lot of correspondence from people regarding a Culpepper alliance,” says Kimmi, who also adds that she did not take part in any early alliances because she worried that they were actually ruses set up by the network.

“I didn’t talk to anybody because I was just so afraid that it was a baited trap by CBS to say, ‘Hey, you’re not supposed to go and talk to somebody.’ So I don’t know. Those other people that didn’t make it — maybe they were caught in a trap. So that’s in my head. I wasn’t responding or corresponding with anybody.”

To be clear, the reason the people that did not make it did not make it is not because they took part in pre-game alliances. But I love the paranoia and conspiracy theories being thrown out here. Absolutely love it.

To see our chat with Kimmi, click on the video at the top of the post. And for more Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

Kimmi Kappenberg
Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

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