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Survivor is a tough game, and one little mistake can have a big impact on whether or not a contestant is eliminated. Jeremy Crawford learned that the hard way on Survivor: David vs. Goliath, as he claimed the real reason he was eliminated was due to a comment he made involving fellow contestant Angelina Keeley. According to Crawford, the newly-married Keeley rallied to get him out after she got word he joked she was having a "showmance" with contestant John Hennigan:
We all kind of had a gentlemen's agreement not to talk about her showmance on TV, I would say. So I was the first person to kind of, like, say something, I guess in a way that she didn't like. But I don't know how it was carried to her. I said a comment around campfire, but she wasn't there. So I don't know how it was carried to her.
Jeremy Crawford alleged his mention of the showmance came from perceived flirting between Angelina Keeley and John Hennigan, which could be viewed as scandalous given their respective personal relationships. Crawford seemed to downplay any scandal and added the moment happened in the midst of cyclones and heavy rainfall, and that other contestants on Survivor: David vs. Goliath were seen engaged in the same behavior during the episode.
Even so, Crawford claimed to Entertainment Tonight his casual joke was enough to send Angelina on a "warpath," which resulted in his elimination. The story is different than what was shown on Survivor: David vs. Goliath, which depicted Jeremy Crawford's exit was a result with his feud with another tribe member, Natalie Cole.
As far as what Jeremy Crawford thought of Angelina Keeley and John Hennigan's potential showmance, he didn't put much stock into it. The eliminated Survivor: David vs. Goliath contestant equated the moment to a mixture of strategy and "island love," not something he thinks lasted beyond the series:
It was just like, you know, that kind of island love that goes away the moment you leave. And some of it was just strategic gameplay. Definitely, for John, it was strategic gameplay, and I think some of it was strategic gameplay for her. But you know, when you're together 24 hours, seven days a week, you have little showmances, little flirtations, I think. I mean, at this point, it's done.
Jeremy Crawford's opinion on the relationship may not mean much at this point, as his statement may cause drama for both Angelina Keeley and John Hennigan. Beyond Keeley's marriage, Hennigan was engaged at the time of the alleged showmance and is now currently married as well. Needless to say, Crawford's comments could put a strain on both contestants' lives depending on whether or not their significant others choose to believe Crawford's claims.
Crawford's quotes may be met with some skepticism, of course, as Survivor: David vs. Goliath hasn't shown any canoodling or flirting between Angelina Keeley and John Hennigan thus far. The series' supposed skipped airing of the rumored incident and the "gentleman's agreement" Crawford mentioned almost borders on conspiracy territory. It seems hard to believe that a reality program wouldn't hop on an opportunity to air something scandalous and generate interest, although it's possible producers just found more interesting footage and dumped it.
Survivor: David vs. Goliath airs Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS. The next couple months are loaded with fresh television shows that need viewers to survive, so be sure to check out what's on the way with our fall premiere guide.