Survivor star slammed: ‘That bloke is an actual idiot’
Australian Survivor contestant Matt Farrelly's macho posturing is starting to rub his fellow contestants up the wrong way, with one labelling him an "actual idiot" during last night's episode.
The bleached blonde history teacher and pro wrestler has been hard to miss during challenges, intensely screaming motivational slogans at his tribe mates while jumping up and down and pounding his chest.
But his behaviour was especially OTT after his contenders team were announced as the winners of last night's immunity challenge.
First, his tribemate Harry ran to him for a celebratory hug only to be pushed away by Matt - hard.
As his teammates happily cheered the win, he stalked around them angrily screaming to nobody in particular: "TALK ALL YOU WANT! I BACK IT UP EVERY TIME! I AIN'T NO DOG!"
Chill, Matt. Ya won.
That aggro display prompted a memorable comment from AFL star Abbey Holmes, who thus far has only met Farrelly during challenges, over on the Champions tribe:
"Oh my god … that bloke is an actual idiot," she muttered to her teammates.
The program touted it as the "burn of the season" on social media:
Abbey declaring Matt an ‘actual idiot’ might be the roast of the season 🤣#SurvivorAU— Jonathan LaPaglia (@JLa_Paglia) August 4, 2019
And it seems more than a few viewers agreed:
“Oh my god that bloke is an actual idiot.” Abbey taking the words straight out of my mouth. I am sick of Matt, tell ya what #SurvivorAU— james ogrady (@jamesogrady955) August 4, 2019
Matt's displays of machismo are proving to be something of an acquired taste among Survivor fans so far this season …
Harry going over to give Matt a victory hug, only for Matt to shove him away as he yells at the Champions is a 2 second clip that sums up everything I currently know about Matt #SurvivorAU— Shannon Gaitz (@ShannonGaitz) August 4, 2019
Matt’s stupid pep talks can get stuffed #SurvivorAU— Phantom Destroyer (@phantomdestroy_) August 4, 2019
PEOPLE. Matt is a wrestler. The being a dick at challenges is a bit. He’s playing ‘the heel’ #SurvivorAU— Renee Pope-Munro (@RenInOz) August 4, 2019
It seems Australian Survivor 2019 is shaping up as the year of savage burns - Holmes' jab came just a couple of episodes after teammate Luke Toki voted out marathon swimmer Susie Maroney while wishing her good luck on her "next swim … back to Australia."
Australian Survivor airs on Ten 7.30pm Sundays to Tuesdays.