Monday, February 11, 2008

‘Survivor’ Star Chooses Family Over Fortune

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Reality show regular Jonny Fairplay has a new gig – devoted dad.

On this past Thursday’s (Feb. 7) season opener of Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites, Fairplay – best known for lying about his “dead” grandmother on Survivor: Pearl Islands – excused himself from the grueling game to take care of family matters.

While Fairplay was filming in Micronesia, his fiance, America’s Next Top Model alum Michelle Deighton, was seven-months pregnant, and the pressure became too much for Fairplay to face.

He says, “I started having nightmares. My body was getting beat up, and on top of that I’m thinking the worst things.”

And there was another physical factor that may have impacted his Survivor stay.

He says, “A week before I left for Micronesia was the whole Danny Bonaduce fight. I had 15 hours of dental surgery, four root canals, and my top jaw was shattered.”

But now that Fairplay’s a proud papa, he’s happy to be off the reality show radar.

He says, “Right now I’m doing the dad thing. I’m digging it.”

Survivor: Micronesia airs Thursdays on CBS.

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