‘Survivor’ Contestant Ricard Foyé Reveals How His Strong Bond With Shan Formed

by Jacklyn Krol
"One Thing Left To Do... Win" -- After a dangerous season filled with new twists, only five castaways remain and must battle is out for the title of Sole Survivor and the $1 Million prize, on the two-hour season finale of SURVIVOR followed by an after show hosted by Jeff Probst, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 (8:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* Pictured L to R: Tiffany Seely, Naseer Muttalif, Evvie Jagoda, Shantel Smith, Liana Wallace, Danny McCray, Ricard Foye, and Heather Aldret. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Survivor contestant Ricard Foyé actually form a relationship with Shan.

While fans witnessed Foyé have a bromance with Xander Hastings, we didn’t see a bond form with Shan. He said that it was “pretty jarring” that the CBS network didn’t air footage of how they got along. On day one, he knew that he wouldn’t tell anyone that he was hard of hearing. Then he realized that people on Twitter called him “creepy” for staring at them reading their lips. This changed his mindset completely.

“I knew I was going to come off as creepy with my staring when reading lips and I needed to tell people. And after I did, Shan took me on the beach, and we had been there maybe three or four hours,” he recalled. “She told me that she was living with an autoimmune disease and that she had just gone through chemo.”

They bonded over medical experiences. He revealed that he actually had some lumps removed before the show and she could relate. However, he knew that their alpha personalities were going to break them apart. But he knew that it would be fine and play Survivor under the radar.

“We were so in sync in every capacity, even when we fought. I also wish they showed that we instantly made up,” he said. …But I wish they had shown how deep of a connection we really had because we weren’t just allies — we were absolute best friends out there.”

‘Survivor’ The Final Five

Survivor widdled down to just five contestants: Xander Hastings, Ricard Foye, Heather Aldret, Deshawn Radden, and Erika Casupanan. After a tribal council and challenge, only three remained. Radden, Casupanan, and Hastings were the final three. 

It was time to decide the winner. Foye and Aldret were on the jury alongside Shan Smith, Tiffany Seeley, Naseer Muttalif, Evvie Jagoda, Liana Wallace, and Danny McCray. All but one votes were for Casupanan.

Typically, in seasons past, a full live finale would be aired. They decided on creating a more intimate atmosphere for this season. This time, it wasn’t live and only the jury and host were a part of it. For longtime Survivor host Jeff Probst, he did not enjoy the non-live format without the big spectacle. He spoke to TV Line about making the decision to do it with a small group.

“It’s a good question and one we debated as well,” Probst said. “What are the pros and cons of reading the votes on location with just the players and the jury vs. a big finale with a live audience? Here’s what we learned: there are pros and cons to both!”

The biggest factor was missing the live audience.

“I definitely miss the big energy of the live audience and seeing all the family members of our players. That kind of excitement is very unique because it’s more of an event. But what was really cool about revealing the winner in the jungle was the intimacy,” he concluded.