Winner Tyson Apostol says he’s ‘done’ with ‘Survivor’

Tyson Apostol


(LR) Tyson Apostol on Survivor: Winners at War and Survivor: Tocantins.

Fans will see four-time Survivor player Tyson Apostol back on their TV screens for The Challenge: USA. But will he return to Survivor?

Tyson is one of eight “Survivor” alumni who got the call for the CBS show, and it will premiere on July 6. Heavy’s Stephen McCaugherty spoke to Tyson ahead of his appearance on the show and they chatted about various things including whether or not he wants to play “Survivor” for the fifth time.

You can watch the entire interview via the embedded YouTube video below:

Survivor’s Tyson Apostol Talks Cast of The Challenge: USA, Wrestling Boston RobStephen McCaugherty talks to former Survivor winner Tyson Apostol for about his cast for The Challenge: USA. The Challenge: USA premieres July 6 on CBS. (00:00) – Intro (00:26) – The Challenge: The US needed Tyson (02:01) – Tyson is seen as a threat (04:00) – The younger Tyson would beat up anyone on the show…2022-06-25T15:30:08Z

Well, the fan-favorite player isn’t interested in returning to the show. “No, I’m done,” Tyson said. “No reason for me to go back. What’s the point?”

When it was suggested that the opportunity to win again and take home another grand prize might be a good reason to return, Tyson replied: “I could make more money if I didn’t go.”

Tyson doesn’t see competition in reality TV as “as fulfilling as it used to be”.

The first time reality TV fans saw Tyson on their TV screens was in 2009 when he took part in Survivor: Tocantins. Fast forward almost 15 years and multiple maroonings, and Tyson is now in a very different place in his life.

Tyson, 43, is a father and husband of two. And leaving his family is not something he would like to do. When asked if he would consider going on other reality TV shows, he showed his disinterest.

“Yes, I don’t know,” he replied. “I did ‘The Challenge’, it’s been a long time being away from my kids. And to be honest, reality TV isn’t exactly as fulfilling as it used to be. And over [a] 12 to 15 year career as reality TV carnivals, like sometime, the excitement and novelty of that isn’t necessarily there for me.

“Also, my kids are at an age where I need to be here to watch them grow and help them grow.

“Why go out and help young former ‘Big Brother’ contestants grow up when I should be raising my own kids. So there’s that and then it’s like, yeah, I don’t know. I feel like I’ve earned the right not to be around people I despise.”

Tyson said the younger version of himself would ‘definitely smack everything’ on ‘The Challenge: USA’

Tyson, who has a history in professional cycling and high-level swimming, has always been known to be a physical threat to “Survivor.” And he’s confident that if he’d competed on The Challenge as the 29-year-old who competed on Survivor: Tocantins, he would have “definitely beat it all up.”

“The younger Tyson would definitely smack anything,” Tyson said. “No one comes close to the younger Tyson. And I think of Tocantins when you watch it and you see the reaction from the opposing tribe like, ‘This skinny guy is unbeatable’, I was unbeatable back then.

“People underestimated me because I was so skinny, but it’s all about the power-to-weight ratio and I was right there at the top of peaks.

“When Jeff Probst asked me to sum up who I am on casting in one sentence, I said, ‘Hey, I’m confident enough to know that I should never say that out loud. But you asked…”

“And he said, ‘Oh, that’ll be fine.’ I could see him rubbing his hands like he was waiting for it. I thought, ‘I know I’m better than almost everyone else at almost everything.’ And he said, ‘Wow, okay, I think we get it now.’

“I put my money where my mouth was. I walked the path.” Winner Tyson Apostol says he’s ‘done’ with ‘Survivor’

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