Last week on Survivor 2012 Philippines, we watched as the castaways and host Jeff Probst tried to understand just what is up with Abi-Maria. Is she a bad guy or is she just misunderstood?
Jeff seemed to wonder during the episode if the issue with Abi was cultural. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he’s still wondering that, but he makes no qualms about calling her out as a villain. He even goes as far to say she’s earned a spot in the Survivor Villain Hall of Fame.
“Abi-Maria is completely clueless about the impact of her behavior on others,” Jeff said. “This is equally fascinating because we are amazed that she has no idea! I do think some of it is cultural, but the part that is cultural is the awareness of her behavior. The behavior itself is not cultural — that’s just selfishness and entitlement.
“Regardless of her approach, she has planted herself firmly in the Survivor Villain Hall Of Fame, which I would have never predicted pre-show. I thought she was very charming and funny and that she could flirt away deep into the game. I never saw this coming. Equally interesting is the fact that she is still in the game, and at this point is someone it makes a lot of sense to take to the end.
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