Beth Perry
November 15, 2004 08:30 AM

What’s a guy to do? Lea “Sarge” Masters became the latest man to fall victim to the women’s alliance on Survivor: Vanuatu – Islands of Fire. The 40-year-old drill sergeant from Columbia, S.C., got the boot last week after a 7-2 vote – with even former ally Chris Daugherty voting against him. Masters chatted with PEOPLE about his downfall and missing out on those “doggone wings.”

Being in good shape, did you ever consider performing poorly in the challenges just to put other tribe members at ease?
That’s exactly what I did for the whole season. Normally I go out and run five miles every morning, do 150 pushups, and foot-march 25 miles with 100 lbs. on my back. I only gave 50 to 60 percent, but on last week s immunity challenge my adrenaline kicked in. All I could see was the finish line, and before I knew it I lapped everybody. And that was my demise.

What did you think when you learned Leann and Julie gave the women chicken wings before sharing just bones with the men?
It would ve been nice to have some doggone wings, but I m over it. I knew it came from Julie; I don t think Leann s that type of person. Julie is an obnoxious, deceitful, conniving snake, and that was her way of saying, “Hey girls, I m in this thing to the end.”

You had said you joined the show because your son Kris dared you to. How was it watching with him?
We watch the episodes at home as a family. Every week he was jumping all over the living room, yelling, “Oh my God, I can t believe it!” And we aren’t talking about a little boy – he’s an 18-year-old kid. He was jumping on me like he was 5 years old.

Why was Twila scared to realign with the men?
She would’ve come with us if we could get one more person. But every woman on that tribe was scared to step forward and go against the other women because they knew that would be their demise.

How did you feel when you realized Chris voted against you?
Chris wasn’t out there to make friends, and if that’s the case, then that’s the case. I hold no grudges; he can have a nice life. I’m not getting the money anyway, so it really doesn t matter to me.

What was it like watching yourself on TV?
Looking at myself with the 12 extra pounds I gained to prepare for the show, I was like, “Damn! I am fat.” But halfway through the season, I tightened back up.

What’s next?
I’m going to do two more years in the Army. I’ll probably be going back to Iraq in August. I’ve got so many things: I paint cars, I’m a barber, I’m a deputy sheriff. I’m just an all-around jack of all trades.

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