Frase out

`Pirate' sails online

August 26, 2007|By Sarah Kickler Kelber

Hoopers Island resident Louie Frase was "cut adrift" on Tuesday's episode of Pirate Master. But you might not have noticed, because CBS removed the show from the air on July 24, thanks to flagging ratings.

With no fanfare, the show was moved to CBS.com, where it is now described cheerily as an "online exclusive."

"I was probably more hurt about having them take it off the air than I was about getting cut adrift last week," he said.

Frase's time on the show ended after his partner in Tuesday's challenge, Ben, purposefully slowed them down, throwing the competition so that the other pair, with whom he was allied, would win.

But Frase, who says he took home about $28,000 in "treasure," has no regrets.

"Life goes on for me," he said. "I had a great life and a great wife before the show started, and I've got the same since the show ended."

He said that the biggest way things have changed is that it "takes longer to go shopping" because so many Eastern Shore residents recognize him from the show and want to talk with him about it.

He doesn't seem to mind.

"Everybody down here on Hoopers Island has been way too nice and supportive. They just come up and say, `Man, you've done the Eastern Shore proud.' ... I'm happy for that because I tried to play a clean game."

And he'd play that game again.

"I called up [executive producer] Mark Burnett, and I told him, `Hey, let's go two out of three and see who wins the next one,' but he hasn't returned my call."

The finale of "Pirate Master" will be posted on CBS.com on Tuesday.

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