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Caleb Matthew Reynolds is a contestant from Survivor: Kaôh Rōng and Survivor: Game Changers.

A well-liked figure at camp in both his seasons, Caleb was able to form relationships with virtually every one on his tribe in Kaôh Rōng, most notably Tai Trang. He was also a major competitor in challenges, which caused him to be medically evacuated following a brutal heatstroke after winning a Reward Challenge for his tribe.

In Game Changers, he remained competitive and was in good position on the original Mana tribe, but a Tribe Switch put him in the minority; this, along with his relationship with Tai Trang, led to another early departure.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name (Age): Caleb Reynolds (28)
Tribe Designation: Beauty
Current Residence: Hopkinsville, Ky.
Occupation: Army Veteran
Personal Claim to Fame: Defending my country in war and bringing my troops home safely to their families.
Inspiration in Life: I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Hobbies: Working out, competing, hunting and riding horses.
Pet Peeves: Texting while driving and nose picking.
3 Words to Describe You: Gregarious, spontaneous and hilarious.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would They Be and Why? My phone because it has my music and pictures; my Bible so I can stay in the word and be in touch with God through scripture; and pen and paper so I can write my thoughts down.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Hayden because I really loved him on the show and he was athletic. He knows when to be a beast and how to play.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Winning the money to better life financing. Also, I love the woods and anything survival related. I feel I can survive anything, so I want to be put to the test!
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I am an ex-military man and very well trained in survival. I'm a tough competitor and can make fire out of nothing, build shelter, create insulation, help catch and kill food. I'm the die-hard outdoors man that can and will survive!

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have the skills it takes to get through the tough situations of little to no water, or little to no food and I make things happen. If I made it through a war zone for 11 months, I can make it through a jungle for 39 days![2]

Age: 28

Hometown: Hopkinsville, KY
Previously played on: Season 32: Brain Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty, Medically Evacuated
How have you changed since the last time you played? I've grown up a lot and have been watching past seasons, studying strategy and game.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? I'm a hunter/gatherer. I can build shelter, make fire with sticks, get food, and I'm a physical beast. I'm hard to outlast. I have been learning more about mental games.
What are you most proud of from the last time? I gave it my all and I didn't get voted out. I made my tribe proud and went out swinging.
What, if anything, do you most regret? Nothing![3]

Survivor

Kaôh Rōng

Despite Caleb's initial confusion towards Tai's placement on the beauty tribe, the two quickly became friends. Gondol did not have to go to Tribal Council prior to the swap in large part due to Caleb's challenge strength. His ability to befriend the women as well as the women's distrust in Nick kept him out of danger as well. However, his game was cut short on Day 9, being medevaced after suffering from heat stroke. Tai and the rest of Gondol were devastated, but they managed to avenge his departure by winning the Final Immunity Challenge before the swap.

Voting History

Caleb's Voting History
Episode Caleb's
Votes
Voted Against
Caleb
1 Gondol Tribe Immune
2 Gondol Tribe Immune
3 Gondol Tribe Immune
4 No Tribal Council
Evacuated, Day 9


Game Changers

Caleb was on the Mana tribe. After Tony Vlachos ran into the jungle to look for a Hidden Immunity Idol, Caleb and Sandra Diaz-Twine follow him and eventually catch him. Caleb then aligned with Tony. This alliance prompted Ciera to target him in an attempt to flush a possible idol Tony has, but this idea backfired and made Ciera a target instead. Mana lost immunity. At Tribal Council, Caleb joined the majority in voting out Ciera Eastin. Mana lost immunity again. Tony and Sandra targeted each other. Caleb argued that Tony should stay because he can help the tribe win challenges, but at Tribal Council, Caleb joined the majority in voting out Tony.

Caleb remained on Mana along with Hali Ford after the Tribe Switch occurred. They were joined by Nuku members Brad Culpepper, Sierra Dawn Thomas, and Caleb's fellow Kaôh Rōng castmates Tai Trang and Debbie Wanner. Tai tried to bring Caleb into his alliance. Mana lost immunity. At camp, Caleb and Hali were targets for being the outsiders. Caleb believed he was safe because of his strength in challenges. While Tai wanted to keep Caleb, Brad convinced him that keeping Caleb was dangerous because it would make the others believe they are a pair which would put a huge target on his back. At Tribal Council, Caleb voted for Hali, but the rest voted against him, so he was voted out.

Voting History

Caleb's Voting History
Episode Caleb's
Votes
Voted Against
Caleb
1 Ciera -
Tony -
2 Hali Brad, Debbie,
Hali, Sierra, Tai
Voted Out, Day 9

Post-Survivor

  • Caleb spent nearly five days in the ICU following his evacuation prior to being sent to Ponderosa. There, it was deemed too dangerous for him to stay in Cambodia given the brutal heat and his recent heatstroke. He was then flown back to the U.S.
  • Caleb got married to Ashley Jay Reynolds on April 30, 2016.[4][5] Caleb's Gondol tribemates Anna Khait and Tai Trang were in attendance at the wedding.[6] Caleb and Ashley have a daughter named Kylie from Ashley's previous relationship.
  • Caleb and Ashley announced on Instragram that they are expecting their first child together.[7]
    • Ashley gave birth to a daughter, Mila Rose Reynolds, on December 14, 2017.[8]
  • Caleb, along with Kelley Wentworth, Joe Anglim, Jeremy Collins, and Woo Hwang, competed on the series premiere of the game show Candy Crush on July 7, 2017. Caleb was partnered with fellow Big Brother 16 houseguest Frankie Grande, and competed against Da'Vonne Rogers, and Paul Abrahamian.[9]
    • Although he competed on both shows, Caleb represented Big Brother, with no mention of his time on Survivor.
  • Caleb appeared on the fifth episode of Celebrity Fear Factor. He was partnered with his brother Blake, and competed against fellow Big Brother 16 houseguests Cody Calafiore and Zach Rance, Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas, along with Abi-Maria Gomes and fellow Game Changers castaway Sierra Dawn Thomas.[10]
    • Although he competed on both shows, Caleb represented Survivor, with no mention of his time on Big Brother.

Trivia

  • Caleb is the second castaway to have participated on a season of Big Brother before appearing on Survivor, following Hayden Moss.
    • In Caleb's Big Brother 16 bio, he named Hayden as the former Big Brother player he respected the most.
  • Caleb is the only castaway in Kaôh Rōng to never receive a vote against them at any point during the game. Neal Gottlieb also received no elimination votes, but Michele Fitzgerald voted him out of the jury.
  • At the Kaôh Rōng live Reunion Show and in later interviews, it was revealed that Caleb had very little recognition of the moments leading up to his evacuation. He recalls finishing the Reward Challenge and collapsing. The next thing he remembers was waking up in the helicopter. This makes him the first castaway that was unconscious during his evacuation. Caleb later saw what he experienced when he saw the severity of the situation for the first time on television when his evacuation episode aired.
  • Caleb is the fifth contestant in series history to play in two or more seasons and never be a member of the jury. The others are Russell Swan, Francesca Hogi, Colton Cumbie, and Jeff Varner.
  • Caleb was eliminated on Day 9 on both his seasons.

References

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