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Brandon Hantz vows to return to 'Survivor': 'A lot of people on TV are crazier than me'

March 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM ET

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Jeff Probst tries to calm Brandon Hantz of the Bikal Tribe during the explosive fifth episode of "Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites."

Brandon Hantz's emotional meltdown on "Survivor: Caramoan" shocked, saddened and disappointed most fans of the CBS reality show.

Many also questioned whether the notorious nephew of archvillain Russell Hantz was even psychologically stable enough to compete in the grueling competition.

But not Brandon himself. "There's no reason to be concerned whatsoever," he reassured The Clicker in an interview Thursday, adding that he is not receiving any medical treatment. "I'm doing wonderful."

What was your family's reaction to the episode?

They loved it. We were all jumping up and down. Russell's proud of me ... me and Russell's relationship has grown so much. He definitely respects me as a Survivor now. I'd like to compete against him. We're trying to make this happen.

With your ignominious exit and your other uncle's (Willie Hantz) boot from "Big Brother," isn't the Hantz clan done with reality TV?

No way. We are reality TV. We're like the Kardashians, but hotter.

Is there anything you do regret about your behavior?

Honestly, no. Other than the fact that I wouldn't want it to affect me not being able to play again. But everybody loves me as far as I know. I feel like Jeff (Probst) really does care about me and really was worried, but understands the point I was at that time in my life.

How is going out on what you called "your terms" any different than quitting?

Come on, give me a break. There's a huge difference. Everybody has a moment of weakness out there. Everybody who's ever played "Survivor" has wanted to quit at one point in time ... I wanted a chance to come back and redeem myself for the third time because I was already in a bunch of crap. Maybe the third time's the charm, already. They were already throwing the challenge, so who quit: me or them?

The difference between me and them is I'm going to tell you "I don't feel like doing this anymore" instead of being smart and keeping it to myself and getting over it five minutes later.

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"Survivor: Caramoan's" Brenda Lowe and Dawn Meehan comfort Andrea Boehlke of the Bikal Tribe in "Persona Non Grata."

What do you think you would've done if Jeff didn't restrain you -- and was that the best shoulder massage you've ever had?

Amazing. Softest hands in the world. He's a good guy. He was genuinely trying to be there for me, man. He was protecting me from myself ... Give me a break here, I had to deal with Phillip.

Ugh.

Yeah! You haven't gotten a name. As much as you were disappointed in me, you might want to rethink your feelings on "Survivor." ... People can respect it or not, but most likely you're going to have to see me again.

What makes you believe CBS would have you back?

What makes you believe CBS would have me back?

I don't believe they would.

Oh. OK. We've got some mixed reviews on that. It makes me believe it because I'm just me -- I'm real. CBS believes in me, I truly believe that. Jeff stressed he does care about me. Love's a strong word, and I think there's levels of it, I'm not saying the guy loves me like family, but he does care for me.

I think they would need some proof that everything was OK. And I respect that, even though I know everything's fine. They'd definitely need some backing, but I think a lot of people on TV are crazier than me. That's what keeps you watching TV.

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