This week on Survivor 2022, we saw Hai Giang blindsided by his tribemates as they sent him packing, ending his Survivor 42 dreams.
And then in his exit interviews following Wednesday night’s episode, Hai was blindsided again. This time it was the depth of lie told by Omar, and how easily Mike, Hai’s closest ally, bought it.
“[Watching the episode] was actually the first time that I learned in depth about his lie,” Hai told Entertainment Weekly. “Over the last 10 months or so, we kind of put pieces together, but for me, hearing it explained by Omar in the episode was a little shocking for me to see how Mike just kind of ate up the lie, because he lived with me for 19 days. He’s lived with me longer than all of these other people. He knows the way I speak. He knows the way in which I carry myself.
“So for him to think that I’d just be out here saying, ‘Mike’s my puppet. I control his vote.’ First of all, that doesn’t even sound like me. So I was a little embarrassed for him watching it back, like, ‘Dude, you should have known, I would never talk like that.’ But I’m also very impressed by Omar and his ability to kind of unravel people’s games so quickly. He unraveled my game in one short conversation with Mike. So, very confused for Mike, but very impressed by Omar.”
Aside from that lie, we were most curious about what Hai had to say concerning the bad blood he had with Romeo.
“So the thing with the edit that is fascinating, it’s always told from the perspective of the person on the bottom to get you to understand the hardships in which they’re going through,” Hai explain to EW. “But for me watching it back, it was kind of shocking to see the edit portraying Romeo as someone who is paranoid because he’s at the bottom. That’s not the case. Romeo wasn’t paranoid because he was at the bottom; he was at the bottom because he was paranoid.
“So right after the conversation in which he comes out to me, I’m telling him — because at that point in the game, he was one of the people that were vulnerable for Tribal — I told him Chanelle would be a great target because no one trusts her. He immediately took that piece of information, went back and told Tori and then Tori told Chanelle. Chanelle brought that information backto me. So somehow the information that I told Romeo was relayed back to me.”
Read Hai’s full interview with Entertainment Weekly to get more details on his Survivor 2022 experience.