Interview: Survivor Second Chance nominee Andrew Savage

Longtime listeners and readers know that one of our favorite early-season Survivors is Andrew Savage, and we (Matt especially) have long lobbied for his return. Now, thanks to Second Chance voting, that goal is within reach.

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Andrew Savage Second Chance interview

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We talk with Savage about his time onĀ Pearl Islands, where he led the Morgan tribe back from an early deficit before a twist famously derailed his game. Topics include:

  • How to remain impossibly handsome into your 50s
  • Why the Morgan tribe suffered so many early defeats
  • Who Savage would have wanted to sit next to at final tribal council
  • Which Survivor copied Savage’s game on his way to a win
  • How his game will translate to modernĀ Survivor

We would have been lobbying you to vote for Savage regardless of whether we had the opportunity to interview him, but please use at least five minutes of this 45-minute interview to go give Savage a vote. Few Survivors are more deserving of a second chance.

Of course, we always welcome your comments. You can leave a comment here, tweet us @purplerockpod, or email us at purplerockpodcast on gmail. Thanks for listening!

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  • This is great. And yes, HOW is Savage still so impossibly handsome!?

    As someone who grew up in Lill’s hometown and went to school with people in her troop, none of whom I liked very much and who then grew up to be questionable human beings, I sometimes like to partly blame Lill’s influence on them. That’s horrible of me, I know. Whatever, #TeamSavage

    • He tells you his beauty secret! Apparently you just need to marry an amazing wife.

      • I don’t think my Mormon mom would be too pleased about that.

      • Haha this reply system. I wrote that as a joke and it accidentally posted. Ah well, this thread will just know all my personal history now. (I do think Savage’s “beauty secret” is adorable)

  • This is great. And yes, HOW is Savage still so impossibly handsome!?

    As someone who grew up in Lill’s hometown and went to school with people in her troop, none of whom I liked very much and who then grew up to be questionable human beings, I sometimes like to partly blame Lill’s influence on them. That’s horrible of me, I know. Whatever, #TeamSavage

    • He tells you his beauty secret! Apparently you just need to marry an amazing wife.

      • I don’t think my Mormon mom would be too pleased about that.

      • Haha this reply system. I wrote that as a joke and it accidentally posted. Ah well, this thread will just know all my personal history now. (I do think Savage’s “beauty secret” is adorable)

  • I’m just over halfway through, but regarding the clip question: I think CBS was trying to use clips to show reasons why they need a second chance, rather than their like, star moments.

    • I was going to clarify that for him, but the conversation had already moved on.

      • Ah, I guess that makes sense. I hadn’t really noticed that about the clips. I thought it was just a highlight reel. Apparently paying attention isn’t my forte.

  • I’m just over halfway through, but regarding the clip question: I think CBS was trying to use clips to show reasons why they need a second chance, rather than their like, star moments.

    • I was going to clarify that for him, but the conversation had already moved on.

      • Ah, I guess that makes sense. I hadn’t really noticed that about the clips. I thought it was just a highlight reel. Apparently paying attention isn’t my forte.

  • Rob

    I thought it was funny that part of his strategy was the same as Rodney’s, but with proper grammar.

    • I thought about warning him away from those three ‘C’s but decided not to because i wasn’t sure if he would get the joke. Also I was really nervous

      • So you also didn’t tell him what ‘confirmed bachelor’ actually means.

      • Ha! I must have missed that because it was still early and I was totally geeking out. But yeah no way would I have corrected him one question in

      • Rob

        I was thinking the same thing about the ‘confirmed bachelor’!

  • Rob

    I thought it was funny that part of his strategy was the same as Rodney’s, but with proper grammar.

    • I thought about warning him away from those three ‘C’s but decided not to because i wasn’t sure if he would get the joke. Also I was really nervous

      • So you also didn’t tell him what ‘confirmed bachelor’ actually means.

      • Ha! I must have missed that because it was still early and I was totally geeking out. But yeah no way would I have corrected him one question in

      • Rob

        I was thinking the same thing about the ‘confirmed bachelor’!

  • Kemper Boyd

    I listened to this and just did my day’s vote and today is the first day I didn’t vote for Savage. I’m going to be honest I found his stuff about how he would have acted with Will about Shirin as patronisingly paternalistic which to me is just a nicer side of sexism. I just want to hear someone say “I’d have stopped it because it’s not ok to talk to any human being that way” not something along the lines of that’s not how you treat women.

    • I understand your argument, but it’s possible he would have reacted the same way if I’d asked him a question about the people in South Pacific picking on Cochran. Yes, he was specifically talking about standing up for women, but that doesn’t exclude the possibility that he’d do the same thing for anyone else being bullied.

      Obviously, your votes are your own, but I hope you’ll reconsider and vote for Savage. I think watching how his game adapts to modern Survivor will be fascinating.

      • Kemper Boyd

        To be honest I struggled so badly to get from 7 to 10 that I’ll likely vote for him from now on. Just something about his style struck me as quite sanctimonious, but it could have just been my tired brain listening on my journey home from work. The podcast has prompted me to start a Pearl Islands rewatch, if only because I want more Sandra in my life.

    • I don’t think you’re wrong to detect patronizing undertones in what he said, but to me it read less like ‘rah, me he-man, defend wo-man’ and more that a lie time of absorbing attitudes that lead to that description of the event being the path of least resistance, and this is an hour-long interview where he has bigger issues than giving an exegesis of his views on gender relations.

      So in short, yes, I think there are sexist undertones there, but this is about as innocuous as sexism gets.

    • Having very recently rewatched Pearl Islands, you’ll enjoy Sandra. Although it’s hilarious to see the contrast in eras in Survivor, because at final tribal Sandra is asking for votes by saying “Hey, it’s not my fault you got voted out”, even when it was. Now everyone trips over themselves trying to take credit for moves.

      And I’m glad to hear you didn’t end up abandoning Savage.

  • Kemper Boyd

    I listened to this and just did my day’s vote and today is the first day I didn’t vote for Savage. I’m going to be honest I found his stuff about how he would have acted with Will about Shirin as patronisingly paternalistic which to me is just a nicer side of sexism. I just want to hear someone say “I’d have stopped it because it’s not ok to talk to any human being that way” not something along the lines of that’s not how you treat women.

    • I understand your argument, but it’s possible he would have reacted the same way if I’d asked him a question about the people in South Pacific picking on Cochran. Yes, he was specifically talking about standing up for women, but that doesn’t exclude the possibility that he’d do the same thing for anyone else being bullied.

      Obviously, your votes are your own, but I hope you’ll reconsider and vote for Savage. I think watching how his game adapts to modern Survivor will be fascinating.

      • Kemper Boyd

        To be honest I struggled so badly to get from 7 to 10 that I’ll likely vote for him from now on. Just something about his style struck me as quite sanctimonious, but it could have just been my tired brain listening on my journey home from work. The podcast has prompted me to start a Pearl Islands rewatch, if only because I want more Sandra in my life.

    • I don’t think you’re wrong to detect patronizing undertones in what he said, but to me it read less like ‘rah, me he-man, defend wo-man’ and more that a lie time of absorbing attitudes that lead to that description of the event being the path of least resistance, and this is an hour-long interview where he has bigger issues than giving an exegesis of his views on gender relations.

      So in short, yes, I think there are sexist undertones there, but this is about as innocuous as sexism gets.

    • Having very recently rewatched Pearl Islands, you’ll enjoy Sandra. Although it’s hilarious to see the contrast in eras in Survivor, because at final tribal Sandra is asking for votes by saying “Hey, it’s not my fault you got voted out”, even when it was. Now everyone trips over themselves trying to take credit for moves.

      And I’m glad to hear you didn’t end up abandoning Savage.

  • “John, Matt, I can’t thank you enough for having me on your show …”

    Matt, congratulations for acquiring co-ownership of the podcast! We’ll all miss the other guy, what’s-his-name.

    • Won’t lie. That one stung a bit. I thought Savage was a true fan.

      • he is a true fan, a true fan of his biggest fan

      • Did it sting as much as when Max thought I was you, after I’d spent months writing about him and singing his praises?

      • I told Max that John and Andy are the same person. Maybe he believes it.

    • yeah! go East Coast!

  • “John, Matt, I can’t thank you enough for having me on your show …”

    Matt, congratulations for acquiring co-ownership of the podcast! We’ll all miss the other guy, what’s-his-name.

    • Won’t lie. That one stung a bit. I thought Savage was a true fan.

      • he is a true fan, a true fan of his biggest fan

      • Did it sting as much as when Max thought I was you, after I’d spent months writing about him and singing his praises?

      • I told Max that John and Andy are the same person. Maybe he believes it.

    • yeah! go East Coast!