‘Napalm’ Natalie Cole On Being Voted Off ‘Survivor: David Vs. Goliath’: ‘I Was Off My Game And I Paid’

This week’s episode of Global‘s “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” was aptly titled “Jackets and Eggs,” and found “Napalm” Natalie Cole at the centre of two key incidents, neither of which turned out well for her.

In fact, her insistence on boiling all the eggs the tribe received as a reward did not go over well with her tribe mates, nor did her scheming to get Lyrsa and Nick to give up their jackets in exchange for staying in the game.

When the Jabeni tribe found itself at Tribal Council, Natalie’s torch was snuffed when filmmaker Mike White blew up the Goliath alliance by unexpectedly giving her his vote.

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As Natalie left, shivering Angelina — who did not vote for her — had one final request.

“Natalie,” she called out, “is there any way I can have your jacket?” Natalie continued to walk, jacket clutched firmly in hand.

“Natalie?” Angelina continued, her teeth chattering. “Natalie?”

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ET Canada caught up with Natalie, who tells us that in hindsight she would have handled the situations with the eggs and the jackets differently.

“I should have taken more of an interest in Nick and Lyrsa,” admits the 56-year-old publishing company CEO. “The eggs were not a big thing to me. Who knew it would take five adults to determine whether or not 10 vs. 12 eggs should be cooked? We were limited in fire-starting supplies, so my thinking was to conserve the supplies for fire and cook all 12. The Davids were brilliant in this episode as they were looking for the crack and found it easily. On the jacket, I should have taken the time to explain it in detail to Nick, as I did not need nor want his jacket and it certainly wasn’t worth my fighting on Angelina’s behalf. So, at that point, I was off my game and I paid.”

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Before this season commenced, Jeff Probst predicted that Natalie would either “get in deep, or she’s going to be gone fast.” How does she respond to his assessment?

“It’s fair,” she says. “As I had so much stacked against me going into the game, it was expected that I would be the very first to be voted out. I was determined not to be the first voted out and not the first Goliath voted out and I made those commitments. I was also committed to making the merge and if I had, I would think we would not be doing this interview currently.”

After watching the episode, does she stand behind her decision to not give Angelina the jacket?

“Absolutely. Angelina was not in my corner,” Natalie responds. “I knew that she had to be in on that vote. Before we left for Tribal, she was having a private conversation with Lyrsa while Mike and Nick were whispering. Both Nick and Lyrsa’s body language told me that I was the hit. I went into Tribal believing that I was likely going home. I accepted that fact as it was a slippery slope and one that I knew I could not turn back at that point.”

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What lessons did Natalie take home after her time on the island? “That living a life of minimalism is possible and that I have far too much stuff,” she declares. “I came home and did a spring cleaning like never before and moved several items of furniture and collector’s items from my years of travel out of my living space. I learned that having quiet time and being still to take in nature, its beauty, and the many miracles that surround us is totally underrated. I learned that it is OK for me to digitally disconnect and be OK with that. I learned that my communication style is so powerful that people might be intimidated by my messaging when I am simply attempting to communicate my thoughts, desires, or needs.”

Now that she’s watching from the sidelines, who is she rooting for? “From Jabeni as I left, I am rooting for Nick,” she reveals. “For all of the others who are still in the game, I would love to see John followed by Davie and Alison.”

Survivor” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also catch full episodes online.

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