NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Host Jeff Probst tried hard but even he couldn't keep "Survivor: Nicaragua" from making "Survivor" history Wednesday night.
Two contestants quit the CBS reality TV game in an episode represented Day 28 of the 40-day game. That's a first for the show, which has had only four others leave of their own choice in a history that goes back more than 20 seasons.
NaOnka Mixon, a 27-year-old gym teacher from Los Angeles, said relentless rain at the show's Nicaragua setting made her joints ache. Mixon hasn't been a fan favorite, since cameras once caught her stealing food from her fellow players.
The other quitter was 20-year-old Kelly Shinn, also known as Purple Kelly, a nursing student from Mesa, Ariz. Shinn said: "I just feel like I'm breaking down."'
They didn't get much on-air sympathy.
Snuffing out Shinn's torch, host Jeff Probst, who had given both the afternoon to reconsider their decisions, said "Get out."
The pain on the faces of the jury - the last three contestants to be ousted from the game - was clearly visible.
While no one has claimed NaOnka to be the brightest light on the tree, the woman suffers from a serious disconnect when it comes to self-image. Even as she is quitting because she can't stand the hardships of jungle life, she brags about coming from a line of strong women.
And if she had not quit, she tells an incredulous Probst, she had a good chance of winning the million dollars.
Then she appears clueless as to why her fellow tribemates might have expected her - since she knew she was going home that night - to forgo a reward challenge so that the tribe could have extra rice and a new tarp for the shelter. Holly stepped forward to make the sacrifice but not without a lot of eye rolling and glaring at NaOnka.
The crime of it all is that she and Purple Kelly actually sit on the jury and have a vote in deciding who will win the game. "Survivor" ought to change that rule.