The Key Thing Kellee Kim and Jamal Shipman Learned After Their ‘Survivor 39’ Appearance
Despite having two idols in her pocket, Kim was voted off the island after making it clear she wanted Missy Byrd out of the game. Then, Shipman followed Kim to the Jury once everyone realized the huge threat he posed.
Once the three gathered at Ponderosa, Kim admitted she masterminded the plan to send Nichting off the island, which ruined Shipman’s game. The MBA student realized she could have gone further with both men on her side and felt terrible about her choices.
Nonetheless, Kim and Shipman reflected on their Survivor journey and revealed what they learned from the unique experience.
Kellee Kim and Jamal Shipman had their first meal after ‘Survivor 39’
After losing 11 pounds during her time on the show, Kellee Kim immediately wanted a beef burger cooked medium rare, extra crispy fries, and a Hawaiian pizza.
Jamal Shipman lost 18 pounds and chose the surf ‘n turf, chicken fried rice, and a burger for his first meal at Ponderosa. Still in shock, Kim met the first Juror, Jack Nichting, and admitted she initiated the plan to send him home.
On the other hand, Shipman had already come to peace with his Survivor journey and couldn’t wait to get to know Kim and Nichting outside of the game. While Shipman ate, Kim also told him how she got his closest ally voted off the island.
Additionally, the admissions counselor came clean about what went down on the Island of the Idols and described his state of shock when meeting Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine.
Jamal Shipman and Jack Nichting wrote a song together
Shipman already explained how excited he was to start his Ponderosa journey with Kim and Nichting, as they were allies in the game, and he wants to get to know them “stress-free.”
Nichting and Shipman were very close during their time on the island, and viewers saw a touching moment between them. Even though the young graduate student admires Shipman, who’s almost 10 years older than him, he made a joke calling the admissions counselor buff a “durag.”
The comment offended Shipman, and Nichting sincerely apologized. Shipman then felt comfortable enough to share his experiences with Nichting in a moment host Jeff Probst called “one of the most compelling in Survivor history.”
After exiting the game, they realized they both loved to sing, so they wrote a song together. Presumably titled “Ponderosa,” Nichting sang while Shipman provided backup vocals and instrumentation acapella.
The graduate student especially loved their singing experience because he wants to remain good friends with Shipman outside of the game.
What Kellee Kim and Jamal Shipman learned after ‘Survivor 39’
Before coming to Survivor, Shipman said he wanted to be someone who valued honesty. After he reviewed his gameplay, the admissions counselor realized he successfully played an honest game, even though he didn’t walk away with the Sole Survivor title and the million-dollar grand prize.
Nonetheless, Shipman notes he’s “on the right path and settling into who he wants to be.” Kim admitted she comes off as very confident, but she’s still afraid of failure and tries to measure up to other’s perceptions.
However, after appearing on Survivor 39, Kim realized that failing isn’t that bad, so she “might as well take risks.” Watch Survivor 39: Island of the Idols Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.