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Name: Keith Nale
Season: “Survivor: San Juan del Sur”
Finish: Fourth Place
Why You Should Remember Him: Keith accidentally got his own son voted out of the game when he tipped Jon off by urging Reed to “Stick to the plan.”
Gordon Holmes: You were on "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" with your son Wes who is a giant "Survivor" fan. How mad is he that you got the call back and he didn't?
Keith Nale: (Laughs) Well, he’s not that mad. He was happy for me. He was sort of my campaign manager through this whole thing. He said, “Go out there and do it.” He’s not jealous.
Holmes: Good kid. What do you think people remember about you and your time in the game?
Nale: Let’s see…well I was a little bit under the radar. I didn’t make too many alliances. I tried to play an integrity game. Win a few challenges here or there. That gets you to fourth place.
Holmes: How many times do you hear “Stick to the plan” in a given week?
Nale: Boy, I’m going to take that to my grave.
Nale: I just blurted it out. You don’t sit around and hold stuff in. Looking back it was a mistake. Wes went home that night.
Holmes: That’s why second chances exist.
Nale: That’s right. You know, if I came in fifteenth or ninth, I might’ve said, “Let the next guy get it.” But fourth is a hard pill to swallow. That’s why I’m giving it another shot. I might tweak my game a little bit.
Holmes: What kind of tweaks are we talking about here?
Nale: Maybe get an alliance. I pretty much did that last one by myself. Hook up with somebody, win a few challenges…but there’s a bunch of folks that can win challenges. I don’t know if it’s the best of the rest, it’s the one’s America wanted, but there are some big guys.
Holmes: Have you done your research on everyone out there?
Nale: I started. I don’t know much about Terry, Andrew, Kelly…I kinda know her, that’s season one. Everyone knows Spencer, Kass, Woo…that bunch. Maybe I’ll learn a few of them as we go.
Holmes: Any early targets?
Nale: Shoot, I bet they’re all gamers. Thinking back, Woo was a good player. Kass was kind of sneaky. I don’t know much about Abi…Monica. I might have to go with the flow again.
Holmes: In a season of gamers, that might not be such a bad strategy.
Nale: We’re going to see how that goes. If someone approaches me, I might think about it for a minute. But, I’d better hook up quick. If someone doesn’t approach me, I’m going to approach somebody.
Holmes: Jeremy from your season is out there.
Nale: That’s what I’ve been saying. I’m pretty sure Jeremy won’t be on my team. I might be with Kelley or Kelley might be with Jeremy. It didn’t work out the first time, I don’t know why. But, I made it further than Jeremy. Maybe it’ll work out this time, but I don’t want people thinking we’re together. If it does happen, we’ll keep that on the down low.
Holmes: Have you and he mended fences since your season?
Nale: Oh yeah, no hard feelings at all.
Holmes: What’s your relationship with Kelley like?
Nale: Kelley’s a smart player. From what little I knew before she got voted off, she could tell you the fifth person voted out of the eighth season. I can barely tell you who was voted out last season. But, she’s pretty sharp.
Holmes: There's a lot of talk of pre-game alliances. Are you involved in any of that?
Nale: No, I can go down and wink at somebody, but Lord knows what that means.
Holmes: Well, a wink is rarely negative.
Nale: (Laughs) Yeah. There’s nothing you can do. They keep us on lockdown. They want to keep the game pure.
Holmes: Who were you winking at?
Nale: (Laughs) I wasn’t winking at nobody.
Holmes: Cause there are some girls I wouldn’t mind winking at.
Nale: Oh yeah, there are some nice girls. But, I don’t have to worry about that. The girls are not going to be hitting on me.
Holmes: If there are any twists this season, any guesses to what they could be?
Nale: Golly, man. It’s so crazy. You’ve kinda just got to get out there. You ask me that about thirty minutes after they divvy us up, I could tell you something. I don’t know who’s going to be a hero, a villain. I just don’t know.
Holmes: Alright, we’re going to play “Align or Malign.” In my hand I have nineteen cards featuring your competitors. You’ll go through them and tell me who you’ll align with and who you’ll malign. Trick is, you only get eight aligns.
Nale: Kelly…align. I think she knows what’s going on. She’s had fifteen years to study this. She was one of the very first players and made it to number two, I believe.
Nale: Andrew…malign. I don’t know much about him.
Nale: Let’s align with Joe. He’s good at challenges. Maybe a little too good and that’s why he hit the highway real early.
Nale: Ciera…don’t know much about her. I’m going to have to malign her.
Nale: Jeremy…I’d like to align. I don’t know if it’d work. He’s pretty smart.
Nale: Kelley…align. She’s pretty sharp at the game. And she went out a little premature and I had something to do with that.
Nale: Let’s malign Woo. Woo wasn’t too sharp out there. He made it to number two though.
Nale: Shirin…malign. I don’t want to see her running around there naked.
Nale: Abi…I’m going to have to malign her too. She just doesn’t think.
Nale: Vytas…align. He’s a big strong guy. He’ll work hard.
Nale: Peih-Gee…malign. I’ve seen her hopping around. She doesn’t know if she’s coming or going.
Nale: Tasha…let’s malign her too. I really don’t know why. Because I’m running out of aligns.
Nale: Let’s align with Spencer. Heck. He’s pretty good. He was good at challenges.
Nale: I’m going to malign Kass. She was kind of sneaky there. I don’t like that.
Nale: Jeff…malign. Just because I don’t know anything about Jeff.
Nale: Kimmi…malign. I don’t know anything about her either.
Nale: I’m going to align with Terry. He’s pretty good at challenges and I think he’s a little bit older than me.
Nale: Let’s align with Monica. She can keep the guys in line.
Nale: Stephen…malign. I don’t know much about him either.
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“Survivor: Second Chance” will kick off with a special 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, September 23rd at 8 p.m. ET.