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Stacey Stillman says there are two reasons why her fellow castaways booted her off the desert island on CBS’s “Survivor” show: She’s sarcastic, and she’s a lawyer. “I was butting up against an anti-lawyer sentiment,” the San Francisco-based Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison associate said, adding that she “tried to lay low and not act like a lawyer.” The show pits a group of strangers stranded on a desert island against each other. Every few days they vote someone off the island, and the last remaining islander wins $1 million. Stillman was the third of 16 castaways to be exiled. While unappreciated by her motley teammates, she said she has gotten the support of Brobeck attorneys. “People have told me: ‘They’re making you look like a bitch, but I admire you for going on the show,’” Stillman said. Brobeck clients also have enjoyed her fame. “Brobeck will no doubt raise your billing rates,” a representative of Cisco Systems Inc. joked in an e-mail to her. Stillman will probably be best remembered for bringing her team victory in a bug-eating contest in the second episode. How did she swallow the repulsive grubs? “I just channelled,” Stillman said, adding that she knew she was at risk of being voted off the island if her team lost the contest. And in case you’re wondering, Stillman said the beetle larvae taste like “wiggly little egg yolks.” But Stillman’s grub-eating triumph didn’t win the hearts of her teammates. Conservative, 72-year-old former Navy seal Rudy Boesch told the audience he didn’t like her. And the sharp-tongued truck driver Susan Hawk said she voted Stillman out because she was the weakest member of the team. Neurologist Sean Kenniff concurred. “I love her to death, and this is no reflection on the type of person she is,” he said in voting for Stillman’s exile. “I just feel that we need as much athleticism and brute force in this competition.” However, Stillman said in an interview that she has more agility than Boesch, but he may have swayed the vote by complaining that all the old people were being thrown off the island. Stillman’s early elimination proved to be a boon. Unable to go home until the show was completed, she went to a diving school on Sipadan Island off the coast of Borneo, Malaysia. That island was a far more dangerous place than CBS’s set up. Soon after Stillman left, a group of Philippine rebels abducted 20 people from the diving school. Stillman’s departure from the CBS island also gave her instant celebrity status. She has been on numerous television and radio shows, including a surprise appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last Thursday. She also was scheduled to be on “The Late, Late Show” with Craig Kilborn on Friday. Stillman said Kilborn’s producers mentioned the possibility of having her eat some more grubs. Stillman’s response? “I said I would do it if Craig did.”

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