Jay Starrett was booted from Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X in a nail-biting Tribal Council where he was duped into playing a fake Immunity Idol. It was absolutely heartbreaking to watch, but Jay doesn't seem to mind it whatsoever. In fact, he thinks it's funny. That was just a part of our conversation on the finale's red carpet with Jay, where the sixth-place finisher also discussed how he found out Adam's mother had passed away.
Jay Starrett: No, because I was laughing. Dude, it's a game. When funny stuff like that happens, you gotta go with it and laugh.
JS: I just looked around and David looked at me. I was like, David did it for sure. He looked at me and tapped my back.
JS: I respect the game so much. We're all here playing a game, so you can't take these things like stab wounds to the heart. It's a game. If you lose, you lose with pride, respect, and you appreciate the people that beat you. It's life.
JS: I was pretty focused the entire time. The story they showed was me growing in character, I guess. I was focused the entire time, honestly. I'm here to win. But in the beginning, I was with the Millennials tribe. You have to learn to adapt with these different players. With them, you can't seem to be too focused because they're gonna come for you. I'm not gonna sit with Tails and be like, "Yo, this is how we're gonna win."
JS: I didn't really get to eat too much because at the merge, I got sick from like salami or something, and I was sick for like three days. When he buried it all and I found out, I was like, "What are you doing? Dude, this isn't right. We should tell somebody." Then everyone was against me and I was like, "You know what? I'm gonna eat it."
JS: Me, David and Adam. I wanted to duke it out like men to see who won. If you win like that, then you are the sole Survivor.
JS: I knew immediately in my heart. I just followed my gut. When David went home, I knew who my vote was for. It doesn't matter what anyone can say. Hannah flipped all the time, no offense to Hannah. With Ken, we bonded as competitors, but we never strategized together. I saw Ken voted Dave off, and I was more impressed with Adam. No. 1, his mom is at home sick. No. 2, he's got a million things on his mind, even with the game on the line. That must be insane. He made his way through it all, so it's gotta go to him.
JS: No idea. I have no idea. That would've been a question of, do I respect strategy because David made it? Or do I respect emotion based on my love for Adam and he's a good dude? It's a mix.
JS: He FaceTimed me. I broke down. I was sitting with my mom and we started crying. I love that kid. Life does funny things to you.
JS: I just sent in a video. For anyone that wants to be on the show, just make a video and be yourself. Tell a good story and you can make it.
JS: Are they calling right now? I need to go!
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