Once trust is broken, it’s just not something that can be pieced back together on a deadline. And even if it could be, Ali Elliott was never interested in trying in the first place. And that’s precisely why the Los Angeles celebrity assistant was cast from the game of Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, just one day short of making the season’s merge.
“I think I was more hurt just knowing it was over,” she said the day after her elimination episode aired. “Just knowing my experience was done. I had to try and figure out what happened and I still don’t understand. I even cried watching it back.”
Ali had made it two whole weeks in the Fiji sun as a socially savvy hustler with a seemingly strong alliance with close companion Ryan Ulrich. But when a secret super idol bonded him a little too firmly with Chrissy Hofbeck, Ryan was quick to flip on his Day One friend, creating a rivalry out of a friendship when he sent Roark Luskin home without looping Ali into the plan.
After their Soko tribe lost the immunity challenge for the second week in a row, the 24-year-old was quite aware that tensions between the two hadn’t had enough time to air out. And as Elliott predicted, the curly-haired hustler became the sixth person voted out of the game ahead of the looming merge.
“I was never going to trust him again, and he would think I was stupid if I were to ever trust him again. So, even though they did try to say, ‘Ali you’re good,’ I had a gut feeling that they weren’t going to keep me,” she said. “I don’t think Ryan wanted to let me get to the merge no matter what. I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to not hold his rope as straight as possible on that last immunity.”
With just one tribal council standing in the way of her and the merge as a clean slate, Ali was secretly already making plans to ditch her former friend Ryan instead of…