SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols

People do some strange things on Survivor. And it seems people do some strange things after they get back from playing as well. Many players have used their Quarantine Questionnaires to highlight their odd behavior while reintegrating into their regular lives back home. There are certain habits that form out in the wild that don't necessarily play well back in civilized society.

Take Judd Sergeant, for instance. The NYC doorman turned sixth-place finisher in Survivor: Guatemala had a unique experience that illustrates that very fact after coming home from the jungles of Central America. Judd's evening started off normal enough — spectacular even! — as he celebrated the 95th birthday of a friend's grandmother. Then, things took a turn.

"Of course, I was excited to have some beer, and went home and went to sleep in my own bed," says Judd. "In the middle of the night, I woke up and peed on the bedroom wall and my wife woke up yelling 'Judd, you're not in the jungle anymore!!!!'"

No, he was not. That's just one of the nuggets Judd dispenses in his Quarantine Questionnaire. The man who received the first ever clue to a hidden immunity idol also has a surprising suggestion for a change he would like to see made to the game. Then again, considering he never found that idol, maybe it's not so surprising after all.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor.

JUDD SERGEANT: After the game ended, I went back to work at the Wellington Hotel — the same place I worked since I was 18. My wife and I had an amazing time raising our daughter, who is about to graduate from Montclair State University. Because of COVID, my hotel has been closed and slowly opening their doors. I've been spending a lot of time with family and loving every second. 

What is your proudest moment ever from playing Survivor?  

My proudest moment was when I won the challenge and was able to pick two more players and have the family visit, and all of sudden my wife ran around the corner and gave me the biggest hug that I'll never forget. My wife has never missed an episode. She is a huge fan. She slept in the jungle with me, and it was like a dream. My wife has had four brain surgeries since then, and we are so thankful she got to experience this with me. It's a dream come true. 

What is your biggest regret from your Survivor experience?

My biggest regret is not taking Rafe on my family reward instead of Cindy. I would have had time with Rafe to let him know, "Whenever you see me talking to Danni, it's BS. It's just what she wants to hear." 

What's something that will blow fans' minds that happened out there in your season but never made it to TV?

That would have to be when I won the challenge and Stephenie, Bobby Jon, and I were taken to a place to dinner and had unlimited drinks. I was so thirsty, I thought there was a pitcher of water and so I drank the whole pitcher, but it wasn't water. It was white wine, all in one sip, and later on. Thank God the cameraman wasn't awake. 

How do you feel about the edit you got on the show?

I'm okay with the edit. What you see is what you get. I'm definitely not shy, no filter. I'm definitely more mature.

What was it like coming back to regular society after being out there? Was there culture shock or an adjustment coming back?

The first thing I did was give my beautiful wife and daughter and family a huge hug. And then we had a friend's grandmother's 95th birthday party, and of course, I was 50 pounds less. Everyone was asking where I was — jail, rehab, etc....  I told everyone baseball camp. Of course, I was excited to have some beer, and went home and went to sleep in my own bed. In the middle of the night, I woke up and peed on the bedroom wall and my wife woke up yelling "Judd, you're not in the jungle anymore!!!!"

Was there ever a point either during the game or after you got back where you regretted going on the show?

Absolutely not. Being on Survivor was an experience of a lifetime.

Whom do you still talk, text, or email with the most from your season?

Stephanie, Amy, Bobby-Jon, Brian, Jamie, Gary.

Do you still watch Survivor, and if so, what's your favorite season you were not on and why?

Yes, I watch. I have always watched Survivor. I enjoyed Survivor 40, Winners at War. There were no dull moments and I absolutely love water challenges. Unfortunately, I didn't have any in Guatemala. I love the water. I would have loved to have participated in water competitions.

Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?

Well, I definitely wouldn't want to play against him, but I would have loved to play with him —  he is a beast and he's the only guy with 5 women on an island, and that would be Chris Daugherty of Vanuatu.

If you could make one change to any aspect of Survivor, what would it be and why?

I feel there are way too many idols played during one season. This is a crazy answer from me considering I was the first person to ever win the first clue for the first idol. I would also love some of the old school Survivor challenges like gross food challenges, etc…. Just mess it up a little! I miss those!!

Finally, would you play again if asked?


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