Monica spoke to reporters on Thursday about her experience on Survivor and what she makes of Colton now that she's off the island...
Your elimination came as a complete shock to a lot of people. Were you entirely surprised?
"It was totally a blindside! I wasn't expecting it at all for a few reasons. Number one, you didn't see the particulars. I had a relationship with Colton that started the second day in the game. He came over to us as a tribe and said, 'I need my Mum-ica' and he called me that the whole show. He was homesick, he was questioning the game and unhappy being on a tribe with men. I spent a lot of time with him talking about not compromising his integrity and how as a parent one day, he would not want his children see him like that... I spent a lot of time pumping him up and keeping him in the game so I thought we had a bond that wouldn't be broken and it obviously was."
What do you think of him now since you have seen the true Colton?
"It's been one of the hardest things to see, because we as women weren't privy to what went down at that Tribal Council the week before. It was very uncomfortable for me to see how he treated Leif with his insults - he's such a nice man and father so it was hard to watch. The thing he did with Bill was just awful. The hardest part of the whole thing was that here we switched tribes and knew the info on what kind of player that Colton was, but even Jonas went so far as to say that they would be Colton's bitch. They still wanted to be led by him. That, to me, was disappointing."
What was your strategy going forward, other than getting Tarzan out of the game?
"What you also didn't realise is that I started in an alliance of five. Through my hard work, time and effort, there was a switch. Chelsea, Kim, Sabrina and myself - with Christina - were a group. If you remember in that second Tribal, Jeff asked the women if we knew what we knew now, would we be in a different alliance. Every single one said yes, but I wanted the women to stay strong. I thought I had to eliminate the men quickly and I thought Colton would stay with us so we could make it to the merge. I wanted to ride with the women until the end."
"The tribal switch-up was a little bit of a shock. I had worked my way up in the women's tribe and then we had to swap. I got on the tribe with the misfits and Christina and I were wowed. However, we had three women and based upon Colton's friendship with me throughout the game, I didn't think he'd come after me. When you're team against team in Survivor you typically like to keep strong. The only thing I can think of is when Jeff said after Tribal Council last night, 'Wow, you guys are the absolute weakest tribe and you just voted off your strongest player'. I don't get it."
You said that your new tribe was defeatist. What did you mean by that?
"It's unusual in the game of Survivor, when you have two teams, that you'd rather go weak than stay strong. That's a defeatist mentality that you'd rather just lay down and wait to be beaten. I wanted to fight until the end - you saw me in the water polo game doing everything I could to score points for my team."
You claimed that you weren't in the game to win but rather to team up with a worthy person, then make a pitch for their win. Why is that, and who do you think it might be?
"For me, going on the show just through my life experiences, my driving force wasn't that I wanted to win the $1 million because it was going to change my life. My driving force was doing something for me. So many mothers in this world, it's all about the children or your husband or everyone else and you become very unselfish. I really wanted a chance to go out in the game. I supported my husband through college and pro stadiums for 12 years. I wanted him to come to his loved ones with stars in his eyes to cheer for me.
"My win to the game would have been to make it to the loved ones' visit. To go further, you just don't know what's going to happen on the other side. There were interesting men to play with out there. Troyzan was an interesting person and would be fun to align with, so if the women weren't going to be true to the alliance, maybe I would have teamed up with him. I'm a pretty unselfish person. It'd have been interested to see how it would play. It's easy to sit here and be a Monday morning quarterback, but the game probably would have taken some interesting turns. The win for me would have been getting my husband there."
"If I had to describe her in one word, I would say silly. She's kind of silly in her thought processes. She's young but she'll grow. The women wanted to stay tight, especially when the men chose to go to Tribal when they had immunity. To see her so quickly jump ship was disappointing."
How miserable was it the first few days on the island? It seemed terrible!
"It was really tough. We got there and it was wintertime in Samoa. We were thinking luxury, hot and sunny beaches but those wind and rains came in. I'm from Florida, though. When it rains, it brings the roof down and you don't have power for weeks and you have kids to work with. Getting rained on for three straight days was hard but I'm used to hot, muggy weather. We were unable to boil rice and when you go for a couple of days without anything to eat and just drinking coconut water, that takes a toll on you and you're out there without a safety net. You have no family or friends and I wasn't even in the alliance! But I just knew I had to dig deep and see what kind of grit I had and turn it around."
Did the Survivor experience change you?
"A lot of people have asked how Survivor changed me. I've seen a lot of things in my life, being a mother and a wife and a civic-minded volunteer. I don't think anything really changed me except that I'm truly thankful to be part of the Survivor family. There are only 400-some people who have ever been given the opportunity and that was my reward. It was hard to see my children watching me go. My youngest daughter was teary-eyed but I said, I'm truly happy with my station in life and I'm grateful."
Who was your biggest supporter and best friend in the game?
"Oh, Christina by far! She's just incredible, We were on the bottom side of that alliance, they got rid of Nina and Courtney broke her arm. For weeks, Christina and I only had each other and we were tight. She's just a neat person. She and I were the workers. From the water to boiling everyone's clothes to her being the chef, you name it and we did it - spearing fish, keeping the fire going, all that kind of stuff. She was a pleasure to play with and a real dear and I really hope she goes far in the game. I wish her good things."
Who deserves to win the game, in your eyes?
"Obviously Colton is playing a very smart game. Does he deserve to win? No, not only is he a villain in the game, but with the edit he's getting, he's a villain in life. I think the women are doing a great job. I think Kim and Chelsea have got the numbers and are in a strong position. Hopefully they can go to the merge and somehow work with Christina. I'm all about cheering for the women. I think the men are a mess."
Survivor: One World airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS