Jeff Kent has been voted off the CBS hit show Survivor: Philippines. The former MLB star who gained fame with the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers was largely unnoticed in his return to the public eye until being sent home on Wednesday night.
The career .290 hitter was a surprise entry to the show, especially considering the last time we saw him on a baseball field, he was a 40-year-old for the Dodgers. Surprisingly, Kent was in good shape and a fan favorite to stick around, but it was not to be after the rest of the tribe had spoken.
He hurt himself during recording, 10 minutes into one of the first tapings. He injured his knee during a raft exercise, something fans saw in the early episodes of the season.
In an interview with ESPN's Lynn Hoppes, Kent gave his account of the injury firsthand after the show had already wrapped for public viewing:
I was scared. I even thought they were going to have to pull me. There was no way I was going to go all that way and not play. Throughout the day I figured out it wasn’t my ACL it was my medial meniscus. As the day went by it came together and I was able to deal with the pain.
The MVP of the National League in 2000, Kent made sure to go out with a bang after he was voted off. In a colorful response regarding the $1 million prize, Kent played it off like it wasn't a big deal that he wasn't going to get a piece of the pie, as President Barack Obama would take $400,000 in taxes.
Congrats to Jeff Kent for the most arrogant, cockiest exit speech in Survivor history. Just ridiculous.— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) November 8, 2012
In light of the election results on Tuesday evening, the network picked a poor time to air that statement. For what was probably meant as a good-natured jab at the economic system, Kent will now face the wrath of Obama supporters while getting a pat on the back from GOP voters.
It's sure to make his exit one of the best, if not the most controversial, in Survivor history.
Most of the cast didn't know who Kent was, making for great TV. Unfortunately, we've seen the last of the 44-year-old in the limelight, at least until CBS does another reunion special.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team.