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Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, INTERVIEWS & FEATURES

Survivor's Nate Takes on Jonathan, "Nancy Boy" and Flirty Parvati

by Angel Cohn

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Nate Gonzalez, Survivor: Cook Islands

Nathan "Nate" Gonzalez was laid-back cool for most of CBS' Survivor: Cook Islands (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET), and was known for his charming use of the English language. With the larger Raro tribe merging with the Aitu tribe, all should have been fine for a few weeks. But the mutinous Jonathan switched sides (again) and caused Nate to go home during the Thanksgiving Day broadcast. TVGuide.com spoke with Nate about Jonathan's betrayal, his comments to "nancy boy" Brad, his fun lingo and "warm" Parvati.

TVGuide.com: Is your family OK? I can't imagine that watching you lose Survivor was a fun way to spend Thanksgiving.

Nathan: Uh-huh. It was very hard for Mommy. She had a hard time seeing her baby boy go out like that. It was a little emotional.

TVGuide.com: That was not a nice way to go out.

Nathan: That was the worst way. I knew the other four [from Aitu] were going to vote for me, and that my four stood by me. It was just that one vote, that one person.... So it is real hard.

TVGuide.com: All because of that sneaky Jonathan.

Nathan: That sneaky caca-head.

TVGuide.com: You seemed like you were annoyed with him way before he voted you out.

Nathan: Oh, yeah, I knew he was up to no good, that he was playing the game. When I was kidnapped, we never really spoke strategy. And he never wanted to work with me, and I never wanted to work with him. I felt Ozzy out, and Candice told me she wanted to work with us again, and that she missed Adam. I knew she was cool. So for [Jonathan] to come over made me question why, and he was just rubbing me the wrong way. "I just saw you betray these people, why would you think I'm ever going to have your back?" We kept him around, but I voted to keep Jenny, and I stood by [the tribe] in voting out Brad. After seeing Brad play the game, he would have done the same thing. He would have "peaced out" if he knew [someone] had the idol. Rebecca, she was probably one of my closest friends out there. But this game is not about friendship; it's about doing what is best for the team. At that point she wasn't doing enough for our team to keep her, after losing four challenges in a row.

TVGuide.com: You seemed very discouraged about the fact that you kept losing.

Nathan: We finally had a formula that worked before that mutiny. We knew our strong points. Then that morning [after the wrestling challenge], it was like we started all over again. We had Jenny questioning how close Adam and Candice were, and Jonathan... lord knows what he was thinking coming over. There were a million things going through our minds, and we needed to focus on winning. I'm going to say that their poop-bad karma for betraying Aitu at that mutiny killed us all. It was like a virus, and it spread.

TVGuide.com: Do you feel better watching the show, knowing now that Yul had the immunity idol?

Nathan: No! I'm upset with the fact that they didn't show us talking about the possibility of him having the idol.

TVGuide.com: So you did speculate about that?

Nathan: Of course! I said to Adam and Candice, "Let's go for Becky possibly," but they were so scared by how much Jonathan wanted to save Yul. They were talking so much that we wanted to break that up. I don't know if showing that would have made a difference, because I think if we voted for Sundra or Becky, he was going to play it anyway. It was a crucial point to keep the numbers up.

TVGuide.com: I really enjoyed the fun lingo you brought to this season.

Nathan: My lingo. [Laughs] Sometimes I lost my mind. The "Cut them up like poop"

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I guess Nate's inner punk came out tonight. He'll probably be embarrassed when he gets the tape, but all it really means is that Jonathan is unlikely to get his vote if Jonathan somehow gets to the final two. Anybody that takes Jonathan to the end is a guaranteed winner, unless the jury pulls a Richard Hatch final. If it's Adumb and Jonathan at the end{unlikely}, I'll be pulling for Jonathan.

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