‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’: Tyson Apostol Argued With Production Over Naming Prices for Advantages

Shortly after Tyson Apostol’s first elimination in Survivor 40: Winners at War, he found an Idol Nullifier on the Edge of Extinction and sold it to Parvati Shallow for the predetermined amount of one fire token. In a recent Instagram Live, Tyson revealed he argued with production offscreen as he felt he should have been able to name his own price.

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Tyson Apostol and Parvati Shallow | Robert Voets

Tyson Apostol sent to Edge of Extinction

Initially placed on the Dakal Tribe, tribemate Yul Kwon immediately placed targets on Tyson Apostol and Kim Spradlin-Wolfe because they participated in a poker tournament in 2018 alongside Sele tribemates Jeremy Collins and Rob Mariano.

In a clip from the game, Tyson even named them as a “power alliance” if they ever played again. The Cook Islands champ did his research on his competitors before arriving on the island and spread the information around their tribe.

Tyson went into “survival mode” and threw Amber Mariano under the bus, and Kim promised her tribemates that she was not a part of any preexisting alliance.

The majority of the tribe ended up sending Amber to the Edge at their first Tribal Council as her marriage to Rob proved to be the biggest threat. They won back-to-back immunity challenges before having to vote out another member.

After the challenge, Tyson attempted to pin the loss on Nick Wilson for blowing the lead, and several others agreed they would eliminate him that night. However, Nick’s closest ally, Yul, decided to flip the script and sent the four-time player to the Edge instead.

Tyson Apostol bought peanut butter at the Edge of Extinction

The voted-out competitors were given a note to find an advantage on the Edge that they could sell to any player still in the game. Tyson quickly figured out the clue while everyone else attempted to search every rock on the island, and successfully hid it from the other castaways.

Once Tyson had a second alone to read the instructions that came with the Idol Nullifier, he learned that he could sell it to anyone in the game for one fire token.

He chose Parvati Shallow because he knew Rob gave her the rest of his tokens when voted out and realized she would probably buy it because the tribe swap left her in an unfavorable position.

The Micronesia champ bought the advantage, and Tyson immediately cashed in on a large jar of chunky peanut butter. Parvati was voted out that same night, and the Blood vs. Water champ shared his food with her.

Tyson Apostol argued with production over naming his price

In a recent Instagram Live with Parvati, the two broke down everything that happened with his jar of peanut butter. According to the four-time competitor, he immediately told Parvati about the peanut butter because he didn’t want the other castaways on the Edge knowing he already found the advantage.

Additionally, he didn’t want to have to share it with everyone else. On the day of the battle back challenge, the two had a little over half of the massive jar left, and Tyson scarfed nearly all of it down before they competed, leaving Parvati with around 10 scoops.

She ended up sharing the rest of it with Ethan Zohn as Tyson won his way back into the game. The two also explained that after the battle back challenge, the prices on the reward menu doubled due to “inflation,” which is why the castaways on the Edge began selling advantages for more tokens.

Tyson Apostol Parvati Shallow

Tyson explained that he wanted to name his price when he found the Idol Nullifier because he figured Parvati would pay three tokens for the advantage.

However, a member of the production informed him that he couldn’t make his own price. According to the Blood vs. Water champ, he argued with the staff member for at least 10 minutes because Tyson felt like he should be able to name his own price.

Ironically, the castaways on the Edge were allowed to do so starting the following day. Survivor 40: Winners at War finale airs May 13, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.