Actress Ariel Winter became the second cast member in as many weeks to leave Fox stars on Mars of her own accord on Monday and is now the seventh celebrity to voluntarily leave the reality show this season.
The show features 12 diverse characters living together in an environment intended to simulate life on Mars. In each episode, they are given a challenge that they must take on in teams, and by the end of the show, the person deemed least “mission critical” is sent home.
Monday’s winter exit follows Lance Armstrong’s departure after the former cyclist pulled out last week when he was in danger of being sent home. This time, Winter sensed a target on her back heading into the next mission and was hoping to become the base commander to help keep her safe.
However, that honor went to former NBA star Paul Pierce, and Winter had to head out as part of a mission to rescue the robotic dog known as Rad Puppy somewhere in a cave on “Mars.”
And while the group eventually succeeded in its mission, Winter had a few stumbles along the way and found itself in the bottom three and at risk of being deemed “not mission critical” and sent home, along with former NFL quarterback Marshawn Lynch, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta Actress Porsha Williams.
But rather than making the case for itself Serving On the show, Winter had other plans when it was her turn to speak.
“Coming here, I didn’t think I’d make it past the first mission. I beat a lot of things. I never thought I’d go down a cliff. Absolutely not. But I loved being on this team. I enjoyed the missions,” Winter said. Even tough ones, in a stupid suit. But you know, I love the word Fair. I wasn’t mission critical today and I feel like I deserve to go.”
With this, Base Commander Pierce affirmed her decision and let her go, while inviting Lynch and Williams back to be with the rest of the group.
The move seemed to come as a surprise to some members of the cast, including Winter who was “more sad” than she thought she would be as she said her goodbyes. Meanwhile, “shocked” Olympian Adam Rippon sang her praises.
“I got where I came from, Ariel. She failed at this mission. In my eyes, she is one of the Most Rippon said:
Winter later expanded on her decision to leave in a confessional interview.
“I got a lot of great things out of this, a lot of great friendships, personal growth, a little bit more confidence,” said Winter. “I’m so glad I did this even though it was like a little bit of hell. (So hard) to open up that real, vulnerable space. And now I feel so open and ready for anything. I definitely feel at peace. I’m OK.”
Along with Armstrong Winter, the other stars who left voluntarily stars on Mars They include actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse in the first episode, former NFL star Richard Sherman in the third, comedian Natasha Leggero in the fourth, and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey in the seventh.
And at some point, the question might become, why do people keep quitting instead of who wins?
stars on Mars It airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox.