Man, Chris Harrison must be so ticked that he doesn't have a storyline like this for "The Bachelor." "Survivor" is currently airing Season 33, "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X," and the early power couple of the game was Jessica "Figgy" Figueroa, 23, and Taylor Lee Stocker, 24, aka #Figtails. (Yes, CBS even gave them their own hashtag.)
"Millennials vs. Gen X" was filmed a few months ago, in the spring, and after Figgy was voted out -- pre-jury -- she hinted to some drama with Taylor after the show. She said some real-life things got in the way, and they were not together anymore. She sounded pretty bitter -- even calling Taylor "a little bitch" to Xfinity -- but she did not sell out his secret. Someone did, to tabloids, but the first official word of what happened came from Taylor today in his post-elimination interviews.
Taylor was voted out last night (he's now in the jury), and on the way off the island he gushed more about Figgy. However, here's what he revealed to Entertainment Weekly about why he and Figs broke up:
As you might imagine, that's going to turn the "Survivor" Reunion Show into an "After the Final Rose" special:
"When I returned from Fiji I found out I had a son on the way. And just to do what was best for my family then called things off with [Figgy]. I know she was super hurt about that. So it still kind of sucks with that. She's a great gal and know she's got a good future ahead of her."
"Yeah, like Jerry Springer status. Hopefully not, but you know, the way things panned out for her, if I look at it from her angle, it does suck. The situation sucks. But I think she'll come to grips with the idea that I'm just trying to do what's best for my family. In the long term, I think she wants to be in media. I don't necessarily want to. I like my quiet home up here in north Idaho. We just kind of had different thoughts on the future."
Taylor's son is arriving in just a few weeks so, counting back, his girlfriend must've gotten pregnant around February. The "Survivor" cast reportedly arrived in Fiji toward the end of March to start filming Season 33 in early April.
Here's part of Figgy's post-elimination interview with Gordon Holmes of Xfinity:
Holmes always does word association, and Figgy struggled with a word for Taylor, so they circled back to him after she described the other players.
Holmes: What was your relationship like with Taylor after the game?
Figueroa: Um...you know...life...on an island is one thing and life in the real world is another. So...yeah...(Laughs)...we dated a little bit longer than the show. And real life got in the way. So...yeah.
Holmes: Still friends?
Figueroa: That's interesting. (Laughs)
Figueroa: You could say no.
Holmes: That's a shame. Because "Survivor" has a better track record of successful relationships than "The Bachelor."
Figueroa: Well, when real life relationships get in the way and you find things out outside that things aren't all peachy...that can really affect a relationship.
Holmes: And we've come back around to Taylor.
Figueroa: Can I say, "A little bitch"?
Holmes: You absolutely can.
Figueroa: I think that's a good way to put it.
Aaaaaand we'll leave it at that until the reunion.
"Survivor" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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