Monica Culpepper talks alliances and paranoia before Sunday's "Survivor" finale

1:47 AM, Dec 14, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +



Tampa, Florida -- The end is in sight for Tampa's Monica Culpepper, as she heads toward Sunday's finale of "Survivor: Blood vs Water".

The two-time player is still in the running for the million-dollar prize.  10 News talked to Culpepper before she headed to Los Angeles for the finale.

Culpepper entered the game as part of a powerhouse pair. She was the determined veteran, hoping to rewrite history and outdo her performance on "Survivor: One World" when she was the fifth contestant ejected from the game.

Her former football player husband, Brad Culpepper, was looking to show her how to win. But Brad Culpepper didn't last long in the game. His big personality got him eliminated early. 

Like his wife, he was the fifth person voted off. Monica Culpepper told 10 News his ejection was when her game changed.

"Having Brad leave the game gave me a little more flexibility," said Cullpepper. "But make no mistake, I wouldn't be where I am in the game right now if it weren't for moves that Brad made in the beginning."

Monica excelled after her husband's departure. She went on to win three immunity challenges, including one where she had to eat pig intestines and live grub worms. And she formed tight alliances with fellow finalists and returning players Tyson and Gervase. But her alliance wasn't always kind, calling her paranoid.

"While it may come across as playing paranoid at times, paranoid is a negative word to me," said Culpepper. "Playing cautious so I don't get blindsided, I'd say that's what's happened."

Playing cautious may mean saying goodbye to her alliance. After all, three people can't win the game!

"You get to the point in the game where you decide, 'Am I sticking with my alliance or am I playing for me? And what is best for me to ultimately win the game?'"

You can see if Monica Culpepper brings home the title of Sole Survivor and the million-dollar prize, Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on 10 News. The two-hour finale will be followed by a live reunion.

Check out some of our most read stories from 2013:

#shortyellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights

Terrorism Warning: Memo says terrorists practicing dry-runs on Florida flights

Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children

Courtroom apology: Woman apologizes for flipping off judge

Weird ice: Strange, giant circles appear on frozen pond

Controversial Club: College student organizes "White Student Union"

CFO Trouble: School administrative chief in trouble over her porn sex blog

Warning Shot Wife: Mother gets 20 years for firing warning shots at abusive husband

Science Arrest: Teen girl arrested over science project explosion

Wait, WHAT?? Dog shoots man in the leg with a handgun

Popular photo galleries:

Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers

Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos 

Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant

Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV***warning graphic***

Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here

Most Watched Videos