Random Reality – Josh Clinton Interviews Joe Don Morton of Pirate Master

Josh Clinton: Hey Jon Don.

Joe Don Morton: Hey Josh, how are you doing?

JC: I’m doing good. What about you?

JDM: I’m good.

JC: Cool. There is a rumor that you were originally cast for Survivor: Guatemala, but you were replaced by someone else and put on Pirate Master instead. Is that true?

JDM: Yes, it is true that I was cast for Survivor: Guatemala, but then I busted my ankle up right before I was supposed to leave. Who I was replaced by, I’m not sure.

JC: I think it was a girl named Jamie.

JDM: Oh really, I would have thought that they were going to replace me with another guy.

JC: Yeah, I’m not 100% sure on that. But the reason you couldn’t be on Survivor was because you busted your ankle up?

JDM: Yeah, ironically about 13 days before I was supposed to get on the plane to leave I played some basketball with some friends. I jumped up to get the ball and when I came down I rolled my ankle on some guy’s foot. So my ankle swelled up to the size of a grapefruit. I then went to physical therapy to try and see if I could make it work, but it was busted. I busted the tendon right off the bone.

JC: Ouch, that sucks. So when you were captain on the ship, you kept a lot of money to yourself. Do you regret keeping as much money as you did from the rest of the crew?

JDM: I don’t really regret it to be quite honest with you. The way we set it up was the only way I could get cast out of power was a mutiny, and both of my officers would have to agree to mutiny. I knew Cheryl would never go against me. They also made it look like I didn’t hand out any money, but I actually handed out a lot more money than meets the eye. I wasn’t the money-grubbing whore that they portrayed me to be. But as time went on I told the crew that I would take less and less of the cut from every treasure that we found. But if the others complained about having no money I would give them a carrot, because I didn’t want to shoot myself in the foot. There was a lot of that stuff that wasn’t even shown, though.

JC: Hmm, that’s interesting. When you were eliminated there was one vote for your to stay on the ship. Who do you think voted for you to stay?

JDM: I think it was probably Kendra who voted for me to stay.

JC: Right, because of the whole Jay telling her how to vote thing?

JDM: Yeah.

JC: Do you think the crew made a mistake in voting you off?

JDM: Yeah, I definitely think they made a mistake in voting me off. But that’s just the way it is. At the time I think they were pretty much brainwashed. Jay was running the show and telling everyone how to vote at the time. But I wish they could have stood up and say this is what I want to do, but they were emotionally shook for a long time from what I saw. That’s just how it rolled, though.

JC: Yeah. Since Jay was pretty much telling people how to vote, do you regret not keeping Jay closer to you and being more friendly with him?

JDM: Negative, because Jay would try to be “buddy buddy” with everybody across the whole board. He totally manipulated the whole show. It’s genius way to play, but it’s also dirty at the same time. It’s both things to me. But then I saw how much of a snake he really was and I didn’t want to be associated with that. There was too much dirty stuff going on and I had to get away from all of that. I don’t reget what I did or how it went down at all. I kinda liked the way it worked out between me and him.

JC: Right. How would you define your relationship with Louie and how did it change from the beginning to the end?

JDM: Yeah, Louie got angry at me. That’s wasn’t fake. That boy was PISSED off! It was all based on reasons that just weren’t true, though. He was just out there running around with all this anger, and eventually I pulled him aside off camera and try to square up with him and show him what he was doing was wrong. It took awhile, but when he became captain in the third or fourth episode something broke inside of him. I think he was like “okay I’m captain, lets even things out. I’m no longer angry anymore.” After that our relationship started to improve and it really was starting to blossom. But that was before I got the boot this week. It probably could have blossomed into something beautiful.

JC: Yeah. So what about you and Nessa? It seems like you developed a close relationship on the show. Did you carry that off the show?

JDM: I pretty much have been telling everybody that my relationship with Nessa is a closely guarded secret at this time. If you really want information, it’s going to cost you gold coins!

JC: **laughing** Alright, but was there actually romance on the ship that we didn’t see?

JDM: You know what man, I’m going to let you be the judge of that. What you saw is what you saw. You have to be the judge and tell me what you guys think.

JC: Alright, fair enough. Explain the pardon deal with you and Nessa. Why try to keep it between the two of you?

JDM: Yeah, we definitely wanted to trade it off back and forth. I thought it was a brilliant idea and I had a lot of the money. So that kept it out of the reach of a lot of people. To get that pardon, regardless of how much you’re hated, you’re not going anywhere. It was a valuable piece of equipment. It was a genius move by Azmyth, though, putting both me and Nessa up for elimination at the same time, because that pretty much screwed up the whole passing it back and forth thing. In the end, it wasn’t all that expensive to keep passing it back and forth between the two of us. I would give her money and she would turn aroud and give me money right back. It was just a good idea, because we had enough money between us to keep it out of reach from everybody else.

JC: Right, so how much money did you leave with from the ship?

JDM: I walked away with a little over $30,000.

JC: That’s not too bad at all. What do you think about Ben? You were good to him at the beginning making him an officer, but then he turned his back on you.

JDM: You know, I never trusted Ben from Day 1. I never really trusted him, because I knew he was there to play the game. So I kept him at a distance. I knew I just couldn’t trust him, so that was it. You never give someone more information or invest more in somebody than the extent that you feel comfortable with that person. That was the deal with Ben. I knew he was going to turn on me. I could see it and feel it coming. After he left being my officer under me and after last night, it wasn’t surprising to be honest with you.

JC: Do you blame anyone else for setting you adrift besides Azmyth, Ben, and Jay?

JDM: No, I don’t blame anyone. I was portrayed as a badass guy, and I think that’s how I played the game and wanted to play the game. I was very outspoken. I said what was on my mind and if others wanted to know what was up with them, I would tell them. I wouldn’t lie to them. I would be like “look this is exactly how I feel about you”. I was calling people out all the time during Pirate’s Court. Unfortunately, that pissed some people off and put a target on me. I don’t know, I would much rather play the game based on how I really feel than being a sheep and holding my tongue all the time. I just couldn’t play the game that way, you know? I feel like there are too many reality shows that promote too much negativity and too much backstabbing and lying. That stuff is just gross to me. Let people be just normal and be themselves and let them speak their minds.

JC: Would you do another reality TV show then?

JDM: I have entertained the thought of doing another reality show, but I would really have to examine what it is and if my heart wants to do it, I totally would. I’m looking to do something else with my life, and I feel like something else is out there for me. I just don’t know the details yet, you know what I mean?

JC: Yeah, definitely. So you are not going to return back to your life as a firefighter then?

JDM: Right now I do have that life to go back to, but if a new adventure comes my way that I want to try out I definitely will explore it. Right now, I definitely plan to go back to smokejumping in the Spring, though.

JC: Alright, cool. Well good luck with everything and thanks for your time.

JDM: You’re welcome. Thank you.


Pirate Master airs on CBS on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT time all summer long.

Pirate Master airs on the CTV network in Canada on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT time all summer long.

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