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October 6, 2010

Island outcast: Jimmy T. voted off 'Survivor'

The tribe has spoken.

"Jimmy T" of Gloucester is a TV survivor no more; James Tarantino's castmates on CBS' popular reality series "Survivor Nicaragua" gave him the boot last night.

Tarantino, who attempted to "outplay, outwit, outlast" other castmates for the $1 million prize, was canned after his team lost the immunity challenge and went to tribal vote. The challenge had one person directing the other tribe members, who were blindfolded, to locate and retrieve items in a muddy area.

Locals gathered at the dimly-lit Dog Bar at 65 Main St. in Gloucester and laughed as Tarantino was called a "loudmouth" by other castmates as the 11-year-old show played during the weekly "Survivor Party" last night. When the tribe determined Tarantino was the castaway, the whole room of people gasped with some arms flying upward.

Prior to the show, bar owner Andy Mulholland passed out sheets with each contestant's photos so people could make their own predictions; no one expected Tarantino to go.

"It is nice for people to show support, "said George Groccia of Gloucester, He and about 15 others intently watched the projector screen while rooting for Tarantino.

Peter Greeke, accompanied by his family, said he was shocked when Tarantino was voted off.

"How can you not root for him?" he said, "Jimmy is a good character."

The Greekes had been rooting for Tarantino from the beginning by getting mass groups of people to vote for his audition video online, they said.

As Tarantino said his final testimony, "It's my own fault," in regards to getting voted out of the tribe. "I should have kept my mouth shut," he said. "I blew a tremendous opportunity."

Now that Tarantino is no longer on the show, Mulholland said the Dog Bar may still host the Survivor party on Wednesdays, and possibly have "Jimmy T" come down and watch it with the crowd — if Tarantino's show contract allows, he said.

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