- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - A Kokomo woman’s decision to quit “Survivor: Cagayan” during last week’s episode left millions of viewers outraged, some even taking to social media afterward to call her “a loser,” ”pathetic” and not even worthy of being part of the reunion show at the end.

Lindsey Ogle just laughs at those people. Only one person’s opinion matters to her - her 7-year-old daughter Laney‘s.

“When she saw the episode, she said, ‘Mom, I’m really proud of you,’” Ogle said Saturday afternoon, choking up as she did. “The millions of people who say otherwise don’t mean anything.”

She knew right then she’d made the right decision, she told the Kokomo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1mpf0kZ ).


Some question her sincerity. They say she used her daughter as an excuse to leave.

Only she and tribe mate Trish know just how toxic their relationship was on the island, though, Ogle said. It was far worse than the cameras let on.

In the first five minutes of Wednesday night’s episode, and minutes after a brief feud with tribe mate Trish, Ogle walked away from her camp and called host Jeff Probst over to talk.

She was done. She couldn’t stay on the island without hurting Trish, Ogle told him. And she didn’t want her daughter to see that.

“I need a million dollars more than anyone out here,” she told the host, fighting off tears.

Setting an example for Laney proved to be more important, though.

Saturday, Ogle said she couldn’t calm herself down that night. She tried, but no matter what she did, she still wanted to hurt Trish.

They’d been arguing since their first day on the island. It was constant - from the time they woke up to the time they went to bed. Because this season is so dramatic, CBS didn’t show much footage of the disagreements, Ogle said. But it was hard to live with.

“It was the most badgering, bullying situation I’ve ever been in,” she said.

Even after Ogle left, Trish wrote “Shame on you Lindsey” in the sand.

“I don’t even understand that,” Ogle said.

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