KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Knoxville-native Ben Wade returned to primetime television Thursday night for the season premier of CBS’s Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
Wade, who is a graduate of West High School and the University of Tennessee, first appeared on Survivor: Tocantins – The Brazilian Highlands in the winter and spring of 2009. He had success on the, making it to the final four, but drew the ire of his fellow contestants and many of the shows fans who perceived him as arrogant.
"The first Survivor gave me a good chance to look at myself,” he told Volunteer TV News by phone on Thursday afternoon. “It was brutal."
Ben was impressive on the first episode of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. His tribe teased him about what appeared to be a blooming relationship between him and Survivor contestant Jerri Manthey and he won his physical challenge.
He told us he plans to do things differently this season than he did during his last appearance.
“My game plan is to be a little more humble, down to earth and to also be less condescending to the ladies and everybody in general,” he said. “The final part is to be one of the best physical challengers out there.
He did admit that the fans he gained on Tocantins won’t be disappointed this time around.
"Like a very good super hero, ‘The Dragon Slayer’ will emerge,” he said. “When the world needs him most, you’ll see more-than-ever a bigger character."
"Coach" wasn't voted off on Thursday night tonight. He will live to play another day.