'He’s The Cockroach Of ‘Survivor’ But I Love Him': Matt Spills On Alliance With Dirty Harry
The tribe has spoken for history teacher and wrestler Matt Farrelly after Harry whipped out ANOTHER immunity idol.
Speaking to 10 daily after his elimination, Matt explained how he became close to his fellow Contender tribe mate despite the pair having very different styles of playing the game.
"A lot of people don’t know, he’s actually a wrestler, or he used to be in Perth, and we have a lot of mutual friends," Matt explained.
Harry recognised fellow wrestler Matt from day one and the pair became close during their time together in Fiji.
"We chatted all the time about our families, having him there, he was definitely my best mate out there," Matt said.
But while Harry's approach has been to lie (about his fake son) and strongly state his feelings about 'Godmother' Janine, Matt was much more pure of heart, playing hard and expressing dismay when he suspected his teammates might have thrown an immunity challenge.
"My idea going in was to be the team player and especially with the tribe swap, I had to do that otherwise the champions were probably going to target me first," he said.
"My idea was to play fair, really get everyone’s trust and then if I started to lie and cheat later on, everyone would believe me.
"Unfortunately, they got me before I had a chance," he said.
After Harry's explosive tribal confession, Matt explained that the self-described villain "just does what he has to do".
"Harry is the cockroach of ‘Survivor’, he always finds a way to stay alive and I love him for that. "
At the end of the day we both knew that we had to be there to survive, especially with the tribe swap. So we had a similar mindset in that we knew we had to find a way to stay in. I was never going to turn against him at that stage and I think he would have done the same for me.
Matt revealed that he even knew full well that Harry's fake toddler was completely fabricated but zipped his lips.
"He told us early on that he had a kid and I knew that there was no way that he had a kid but I chose not to call him out because I didn’t want to blow up his game.
"He was someone that I was playing with so I kinda let the charade happen around me," he explained.
While Matt says he has no regrets about his time on 'Survivor' there is one little incident that he's been thinking about -- giving Harry the clue that led him towards his second immunity idol.
Matt alerted Harry that he was worried a Champion had found an idol after seeing some dirt taken away from a particular tree.
"And Harry went over and actually found the idol right then," he told 10 daily.
Matt's been reminded of all his triumphs and failures daily at the high school where he teaches history in Perth with his students keen fans of the show.
"They’re loving it, they all watch it," Matt told 10 daily of his pupils.
"So when they’re walking through the playground on the way to class, they’ll be asking me questions constantly. Or they’re making fun of me like ‘oh Luke smashed you last night!’"
He added that his students sometimes use it against him if he has "said something mean" on the show and ask whether they can do the same.
"And I'll say, 'No, no, no, that’s not how it works!" he laughed.