Why Did Some 'Game Changers' Jurors Reconsider Their Decision?
Sarah Lacina was named the winner of "Survivor: Game Changers" in 2017, receiving seven of the ten jury votes.
Former NFL player Brad Culpepper received three votes, while "Troyzan" Robertson received none.
Some "Game Changers" jury members have recently spoken out about what happened behind the scenes that made them doubt their decision to award Lacina a million dollars.
Here's everything you need to know about it.
Ozzy Lusth, a long-time "Survivor" fan favorite, debuted in 2006's "Survivor: Cook Islands."
He went on to make three more appearances on the show, the last of which was in 2017 on "Game Changers."
He finished 12th, and as a jury member, he voted for runner-up Brad Culpepper.
Lusth revealed that some of the "Game Changers" jurors who voted for Lacina ended up questioning and possibly regretting their votes after Lacina made her admiration for then-candidate Donald Trump clear in an August 2021 interview with Sean Ross and Evan Ross Katz on the Drop Your Buffs podcast.
Cirie Fields and Andrea Boehlke, both of whom voted for Lacina, were singled out by Lusth as being particularly shocked and dismayed by the revelation.
The conversation Lusth was having was in the context of three-time "Survivor" contestant Joe Anglim (who did not compete in "Game Changers"), who, despite being popular at one point, faced a backlash.
Anglim, according to Lusth:
He went on to say that he believed public figures with large platforms, such as Anglim, were "in some way shape or form" to blame for the violence that such narratives cause.
"I just feel bad for him," he later added, "and I pity the place he's at that he can't tell the difference between truth and lies."
Despite the fact that Lusth did not vote for Lacina, he said he regretted voting for Culpepper on the jury because of his personal character during the game.
In the podcast, he explained that his ideal scenario would be to go to the end with Culpepper because the former NFL star would be "egotistical enough to want to take me to the end," but that "he ended up being a coward." When one of the hosts pointed out that Lusth voted for him, Lusth responded, "I know, because I was an idiot!"
"I just thought [Brad] had played such a great game in the physical only, he was such an a****** and so annoying the whole timeandndash; I regret that. I really do regret voting for him," he later explained.
Despite their strong personal and political differences, Lusth did not say who he would have voted for instead, so it is unclear whether he would have voted for Lacina.
He didn't say much about third-place finisher Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, and at one point forgot he was in the final three, requiring the hosts to remind him.
In a July 2020 Las Culturistas podcast, Zeke Smith, another contestant on "Game Changers" who was one of Lacina's most ardent supporters on the jury, backed up Lusth's story.
"I remember it being very perplexing, because I loved Sarah so much, I really lobbied hard for her to win, because I was like 'Oh we have this beautiful friendship even though our political beliefs don't align and we have different backgrounds,'" he said, referring to Lacina's ardent support for Trump.
He went on to explain what happened after the Final Tribal Council, and why he thinks he and Lacina are still friends:
"It does," Smith responded when one of the hosts suggested Lacina's career as a police officer "runs deep."
On Wednesday, December 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern, CBS will air the season finale of "Survivor 41."
Season 42 is set to premiere on March 9, 2022.