Courtesy of me having too much time on my hands (and real work I want to avoid), here’s a transcript of Ethan’s appearance on “Livin’ Large.”
Voice over: From zero to hero in one fast TV series. Does this guy look familiar?
EZ: Hey, I’m Ethan Zohn, winner of “Survivor: Africa.”
VO: As the show’s winner, Zohn pocketed a cool million dollars. Livin’ Large checked in to see what he’s been up to.
(Scroll at the bottom of the screen: Zohn was picked to appear in “Survivor” from over 50,000 applicants.)
EZ: The million dollars, I mean, it definitely changed my life. I’ll pay for all the drinks at the bar.
EZ: My, my job before “Survivor”÷was, I was playing soccer and I was coaching soccer. I didn’t have a home. You know, I was living on couches. Everything I owned could fit in one, one bag – and that’s it.
EZ: Compared to where I was living before, I’m living large. I’m living so large you can’t believe it. But in the scheme of things, you know, I’m still the same ol’ guy I was before the show. I gave my brothers some big presents, took my mom to the Bahamas. I’ve never flown first class before and now I can do that.
EZ: But I’m still living in the same old place I did before the show.
(Scroll on the bottom of the screen: The night Zohn got back from Africa, he ate non-stop for 4 hours straight.)
EZ: Welcome to my pad. (Opens door to apartment.)
EZ: We have the kitchen area, this is where the butler prepares all our meals. (Opens door to reveal a mostly empty refrigerator.) The most important think you need to know about this, is the take out menus. That is where it’s all at. (Opens drawer to reveal a plethora of take out menus.)
EZ: This is my nameplate from when I was on “Hollywood Squares.”
EZ: We have the James Brown ducky. (Shows ducky sitting on top of TV set.)
EZ: (Walking down hallway) In the other wing, I will, uh, show you my, my, my beautiful room.
EZ: (In room) This is where it all happens.
EZ: (pointing to wooden plaque with a shield that says, “Presented to Ethan; From Big Tom”) Now this, is a raccoon penis.
EZ: (Closing door to a room) This is private. A lot of things go down in here that we can’t talk about on camera.
EZ: In terms of my social life, you know, I’m in circles I never thought I’d be in before – Academy Awards, MTV Music Awards, the Grammies.
(Scroll on bottom of the screen: Zohn has played professional-level soccer in the US and Zimbabwe.)
EZ: They hired me to go to the World Cup and commentate for the US Men’s National Team. For me, that’s like a dream come true.
EZ: With a lot of the money, I actually started my own non-profit organization.
EZ: (Talking on phone) Go to our website – it’s, uh, grassrootsoccer.org. And our charity is, um, involved with teach kids in Zimbabwe about HIV and AIDS. So, we’d love for you help and greatly appreciate it.
EZ: To me it’s more important to give large, you know, really, rather than live large.
EZ: (Shown working out with soccer team) You know, this year, I’m a volunteer coach. I’m not taking a paycheck like I have, you know, the past 4 years.
EZ: I grew up playing soccer. My brothers play. It’s my life. It’s my passion. And, you know, for me, I just have so much fun with it.
EZ: I’m doing a lot of training right now for the “Eco-Challenge” which is another Mark Burnett production. He suckered me into another one.
EZ: (In the kitchen) I’m making a shake because I know when I’m out there on “Eco-Challenge” I’m going to drop weight just like I did on “Survivor, ” so.
EZ: It’s hard-core. You know, it makes “Survivor” look like, you know, going to the movies. It’s a 10 day race, 24 hours a day, no sleep, little food – and you just gotta be ready for it. I’m nervous. You know, I’ve trained and trained for about 3 months now. Which is not nearly enough time as I, I should be training.
EZ: I’m going on 10 hour hikes. I’m going on 25 mile bike rides with a 40 pound pack on.
EZ: This is like the championship of adventure races.
(Scroll on bottom of the screen: Zohn paid roughly $450,000 in taxes on the $1 million dollars he won.)
EZ: My plans for the future are, once all this÷adventure stuff and stuff, “Survivor” stuff dies down, you know, I have my charity to fall back on. But, ah, it’s just, I’m having the best time of my life right now. When it’s over, it’s over. So, I’m okay with