Darnell Hamilton will go down in Survivor history as being the guy who stripped down to poop in the ocean. Why did he do it in front of all his tribemates? And is he embarrassed by it? In our one-on-one interview, Hamilton also revealed who he felt was most responsible for his elimination.
SheKnows: How does it feel knowing you will be remembered on Survivor for being the guy who got naked to poop in the ocean?
Darnell Hamilton: [Laughs.] Two seasons ago, Dan Foley did the same thing. It’s fine. If that’s what I’m remembered for, that’s fine.
SK: When you got to see the episode, was there any level of embarrassment when they showed you taking your clothes off to go to the bathroom in the water?
DH: [Laughs.] I had to go. A lot of the stuff with Survivor, you don’t want to go off on your own. That’s like the worst thing you could do on Survivor. We had a designated area to use the bathroom. I told my tribe I was going to use the bathroom. They were like, “Oh! What are you doing?!” It was crazy. It was fun.
SK: Since production happened so long ago, you waited 11 months to watch the first episode from the date in which your ouster was filmed. What was it like to see the show knowing you would be the first voted off?
DH: It was tough. You have a lot of people that see you on TV, and they’re like, “Oh, I want you to win the million dollars! I’m rooting for you.” You can’t really show emotion. People are happy for you, but you are torn on the inside by the situation because I didn’t even get close. It’s tough.
SK: Were you excited to watch the premiere, or was it something you were dreading?
DH: Mixed feelings. I was happy I was on Survivor, but then it was like, Oh yeah, I’m out first.
SK: Were you at all surprised to see a tie between you and Alecia at the first Tribal Council?
DH: I was shocked that it was tied. I felt I built a strong enough case to stay, but when it tied I thought they were trying to flush the Idol to see if any of us had it.
SK: It looked like you were somewhat confident in your safety in the game because you didn’t bring any of your personal belongings with you to Tribal Council.
DH: [Laughs.] No, I brought ’em, you just didn’t see them. I was so devastated that I just left them [behind at Tribal Council].
SK: Had you known you were going to be the first person eliminated, would you have even wanted to compete?
DH: Yeah. It was a great opportunity. Somebody has to go first. I think a lot of people sign up for the show that’s always fearful of going home first. It’s still a great experience. It’s still a great adventure. That fear shouldn’t stop anybody from coming out there trying to compete and trying to win.
SK: When you were voted out, did you blame anybody in particular for your demise?
DH: No, I took ownership. I don’t believe in blaming nobody. If something goes wrong, I take ownership and say it’s my fault. I don’t believe in putting my mistakes on other people.
SK: Was Scot the driving force behind your elimination, or was there more to it that we didn’t get to see?
DH: If anything, it was more Jason. Scot had a hand in it. He was really upset with me about losing the goggles at the challenge. He was hot about that. He didn’t want to talk to me, and he didn’t even want to look at me after that. I already knew he was gonna write my name down. Jason wanted to take the opportunity to take me out.
SK: You’re referring to Kyle as Jason. Why reference him by his last name?
DH: I don’t know what he calls himself. Sarge, Kyle, Jason. Whatever. I called him Jason. That’s how he introduced himself on day one: “My name is Jason.”
SK: There was a nasty moment when a bug crawled deep into Jennifer’s ear. A lot of viewers were asking on social media why the medical team didn’t show up to help remove it. Did Jennifer ever ask for medical assistance?
DH: I really don’t know. I just know that she was laying there in pain. I really don’t know as far as what Jennifer did.
SK: Who did you see yourself aligning with and going with deep into the game?
DH: I really just wanted to find a solid three. You don’t know these people. You don’t know their stories. I had clicked with Jen, Cydney and Alecia.
SK: How did you end up getting picked for Survivor?
DH: I applied right after the first “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty” [Season 28]. I’ve been a longtime fan.