‘Survivor’: Amber Mariano Initially Didn’t Approve of the Bromance Between Boston Rob and Tyson Apostol
Fan-favorites Boston Rob Mariano and Tyson Apostol were close allies on Survivor 20: Heroes vs. Villains until the stay-at-home dad essentially voted himself out of the game. While the two are still good friends, Amber Mariano admitted she initially didn’t approve of the bromance between them.
Boston Rob Mariano and Tyson Apostol on ‘Survivor 20’
Six years after his disappointing loss in All-Stars to his now-wife, Amber Mariano, Boston Rob returned to Survivor as a Villain on all-returning players season, Heroes vs. Villains.
He quickly became the undisputed leader of the tribe, and gained popularity with the majority of the tribe, except for rival Russell Hantz. Therefore, Boston Rob created an alliance of six, with Tyson Apostol as one of the members, and they had a majority over Russell, Parvati Shallow, and Danielle DiLorenzo.
On Day 15, Rob, who had individual immunity, told his allies to split their votes between Russell and Parvati, and then they would eliminate whoever didn’t play the idol.
However, Russell convinced Tyson to switch his vote, which resulted in the Tocantins star’s pre-merge elimination. Even though Rob still had the numbers after his closest ally went home, Jerri Manthey switched alliances and voted out the All-Stars runner-up at the following Tribal Council.
They later returned for separate seasons where both claimed the title of Sole Survivor.
Boston Rob Mariano and Tyson Apostol returned for ‘Survivor 40’
10 years later, Rob and Tyson reunited for Winners at War to compete against 18 other returning winners for a historic $2 million prize. The two were placed on separate tribes, but Tyson’s affiliation with the first-ever five-time player put a target on his back.
Additionally, he came for the Queen, resulting in a trip to the Edge of the Extinction. On the Sele tribe, Rob created a strong alliance in old school players Parvati Shallow and Ethan Zohn.
However, the new schoolers blindsided him and eliminated Ethan, severely weakening Parvati and Rob. At the tribe swap, Rob switched to expansion tribe Yara in the majority with former tribemates Ben Driebergen and Adam Klein.
Unfortunately, his plan not to let anyone communicate with each other all day before Tribal Council ultimately backfired on him, and he was eliminated right after the Utah-native, again.
Tyson eventually won his way back into the game but returned to the Edge only three Tribal Councils later. They both failed to win the last re-entry challenge and became members of the jury.
Amber Mariano initially didn’t approve of their bromance
Ever since Rob and Tyson competed on Heroes vs. Villains together, the friends have formed a bromance and remained in close contact over the years.
In a video from Ponderosa, the two got massages together and reminisced about their times hanging out for three weeks in Australia after their HvV pre-jury elimination.
While in a separate area getting her nails done, Amber admitted she didn’t agree with Rob when he told her about his newfound friendship with Tyson because she thought he was “terrible.”
Amber explained her husband tried to convince her that he was “actually pretty cool,” but she didn’t believe it until she “got to know him.” She jokingly credited that revelation with being the only time Rob was right.
The mother-of-four also said she has to “limit their together” and claims she only allows them to see each other “a couple of times a year, or else it gets out of control.” Amber, Rob, and Tyson all retired after Survivor 40: Winners at War and will no longer return to compete.