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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Five Questions with Rupert Boneham

Had a chance to speak with "Survivor" favorite Rupert Boneham, who will sign copies of his "Rupert: Just Being Me" book at 7 p.m. today at JosepBeth Booksellers in Norwood. Yes, Rupert has written a book. It's not much, with lots of white space and pictures, but hey, what did you expect? He's fun to talk to, and "Survivor" fans will love to hear him at JosephBeth tonight. He's also opening the new Milford Wal-Mart at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Oh, the perks of celebrity!
Here's my chat with Rupert:
Q: Are you surprised you're still a celebrity three years after winning $1 million as America's favorite Survivor?
A: My whole goal getting on Survivor was just getting my family out of debt. I never thought it would start a new world and career path for me. I've started six companies.
Q: Where you always a Survivor fan?
A: I've always been Survivor crazy. I got Kentucky Joe's -- Rodger Bingham's -- autograph in 2001 at the Future Farmers of America exhibit at the Indiana State Fair.
Q: Why is Cincinnati so Survivor crazy?
A: Because they see Survivor as one of the few reality shows that cannot be manipulated by the producers. They just put people on an island and let them go crazy. It's not "The Amazing Race"and other reality show where producers stop the competition and let teams catch up.
Q: Have you had offers to do more TV?
A: For three years I've been trying to sell mentoring-type shows. We've shot four or five different pilots, and I've got two more to shoot this spring. We're trying to keep the dream alive, of changing the way the world treats kids.
Q: How do you thinkUC's Michelle Yi is doing on "Survivor: Fiji?"
A: She's one I'm rooting for. Michelle has shown she's tough. She's kind of quiet and not standing out yet. I'm always looking for the underdog. I was so proud of her when she started the fire with her glasses. The whole tribe was laying around doing nothing. If she can make it through the merge, she should do pretty good.


at 3/13/2007 9:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad Rupert said something about the one tribe just "laying around." For that reason, I think this seaon of Survivor is the most boring. The one team is fat and happy and doing nothing...the other team is poor and miserable with no shelter and doing nothing. Boring...boring...boring. I think Survivor jumped the shark this season as did the Apprentice with the tents.

Any other thoughts on this or shall we just go back to bashing local news?

at 3/13/2007 9:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this guy's 15 minutes up yet?

at 3/14/2007 8:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree - Survivor is over. And its unfortunate. I loved the show but the last couple of seasons tested my loyalty - and this year I haven't watched a single episode. But I wouldn't say it was this season that jumped the shark. I would say last season playing the race card caused Survivor to jump the shark (even though I loved the eventual winner).

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