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Reality Star Likes Being A Nobody

Survivor Tom Westman gets the boot

Survivor Tom Westman gets the boot

Monday, March 15, 2010 17:16 GMT

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Being a big reality TV star doesn’t last forever, and it’s best that way.

Last Thursday (Mar. 11), Tom Westman was voted off Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. He was the winner of Survivor back in 2005 though, so that made this loss pretty painless.

Westman says getting the boot is “small potatoes” because his family, friends, and career are what really keeps him going.

Plus, the minor notoriety the show has given him gets annoying.

He admits, “There’s almost a cringe factor. I don’t want to be the guy that was on a reality show.”

Westman actually prefers it when viewers don’t recognize him so he can go about his daily business without interruption.

He explains, “At first people come up to you but it dies really quickly. It’s as if going on TV never happened. I like the anonymity.”

Survivor airs Thursdays on CBS.