'Survivor' Winner Raises Questions
Can the new winner of Survivor ever return to his job as a cop?
He spoke to INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret who asked, "People will say, 'Who can believe Tony? He lied on national TV. How can we trust him as a cop?' "
Tony Vlachos told Moret, "Because it's a game. I gotta bluff you to win the game."
Watch INSIDE EDITION's Interview with Vlachos
Thirty-nine-year-old Tony Vlachos won the competition by swearing on the lives and eternal souls of his family, and then lying through his teeth.
Vlachos told Moret, "The hardest part of Survivor is the backside with the people you form real bonds with. The hardest part by far."
During the big finale he took a verbal beatdown for all that dishonesty from a female cast member who said, "Is it worth it for you to be here, to play a game for a million dollars on your father's soul and memory? Yes or no? It's a million dollar question."
Vlachos replied in the finale, "Yes."
So, can an officer who admitted on national television to fibbing ever be trusted on the streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, where Tony is a 14-year veteran of the police force?
Moret asked, "I'm an attorney. If I'm a defense attorney and you're on the stand as a cop and I say to you, 'Have you ever lied?' And you say, 'No, I've been on the stand many times and I've never lied' and I say, 'Wait a minute. You lied on national television.' How can you do your job effectively?"
Vlachos responded, "By telling the truth. I never lie under oath."
"Simple as that?" asked Moret.
"Simple as that," replied Vlachos.
INSIDE EDITION asked the folks in Vlachos' hometown what they think. One resident said, "It's going to cast doubt for a lot of people. They're going to look at him and say, 'Yeah, he lied once. He's probably going to lie again.' "
Another resident said, "It's wrong. But on the other hand, it is a million dollars."