The tribe has spoken: Kent State alumnus voted off island in ‘Survivor’


Jacob Derwin will be one of the 20 castaways competing on SURVIVOR this season, themed “Ghost Island,” when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 36th season premiere on, Wednesday, February 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Dylan Reynolds

Kent State graduate Jacob Derwin went into “Survivor: Ghost Island” with high hopes, but he ended up eliminated in the season’s premiere episode.

Derwin was the second contestant voted off the island in the two-hour episode, which first saw the elimination of his Malolo tribemate Stephanie Gonzalez. Derwin bought some time earlier in the show when the enemy Naviti tribe sent him to “Ghost Island,” a new feature this season where contestants are exiled from their tribe and given chances to gain an advantage.

While on Ghost Island, Derwin created a fake “immunity idol” to stave off elimination, but his tribe didn’t take the bait, and he was subsequently voted off at tribal council.

After the episode aired, Derwin told the Hollywood Reporter about his experiences on Survivor.

“I knew very quickly that I was being targeted by pretty much everyone. No one wanted to talk to me,” he said. “Everything I was trying was just to get out of death. I had a death sentence, and I was trying to extend it by any means possible. Unfortunately, I only got so far.”

Derwin told the Stater last month he would rely on his likeable personality in the show.

“You can’t just all be a bunch of models and pretty people. You have to have someone there who can play from a different perspective,” he said. “I’m good at explaining things and talking about things in a very unique, funny, personable manner. I think I am relatable.”

In the end, Derwin’s personality wasn’t enough to get him far in the game.

The 18 remaining castaways will return Wednesday for the second episode of “Survivor: Ghost Island.

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