Tampa's Monica Culpepper voted off Survivor: One World
She was one of the game's strongest performers, scoring the only basket in the last challenge competition she participated in while on Survivor: One World.
But Tampa mom and former NFL wife Monica Culpepper proved too strong for her teammates. She was shown getting voted off on the show tonight, blindsided by an alliance between two of the show's most unsavory competitors, racist manipulator Colton Cumbie and opinionated diva Alicia Rosa.
Culpepper thought her team was committed to taking out Greg "Tarzan" Smith, only to be blindsided by a vote which took her out. "I'm extremely disappointed," she said in comments filmed right after the eviction. "I came here to win...The dumbest thing I could have done was trust Colton."
Culpepper, who has been married to ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers star-turned-attorney Brad Culpepper for nearly 20 years, was recruited for the show after producers initially sought to get her husband in the cast.
Monica Culpepper described an intensive, five-day interview process before she was included, involving personality tests, meetings with a psychiatrist, and culminating in a meeting with all the vice presidents from CBS and executive producer Mark Burnett.
Their goal: to really get to know the person who might be a key cast members in one of the network’s most enduring unscripted TV franchises.
“I knew they kinda liked the NFL hook, and I think the misconception is that (I’m) going to be this kind of spoiled lady on the show,” said Culpepper, who just earned her black belt in kickboxing. “I said, ‘Mark, frankly, I feel like I am today’s mother..(who) need to identify with the kids, and be able to exercise with the kids and have their pulse on what youth culture is these days.”
Husband Brad was so supportive, he even put up a billboard in Tampa.