Fans call out 'sore losers' during The Traitors reunion
Faithfuls and Traitors alike criticized Cirie during The Traitors reunion, but fans were quick to have her back.
That tense The Traitors reunion proved the drama and backstabbing are far from over.
Like the UK-based original, The Traitors US brought together reality stars from popular series including The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Big Brother and The Bachelor to join game-loving laymen for the chance to deceive one's way to $250,000. All 10 hour-long episodes dropped at once on Peacock — much to fan's chagrin — meaning viewers found out on Thursday, January 12, which cutthroat cast member ultimately proved victorious.
In the end, Survivor alum Cirie Fields was crowned the winner, having successfully concealed her true Traitor identity from the rest of the players. Much of the reunion —an hour-long special hosted by Andy Cohen, which premiered on the streamer on Tuesday, February 28 — was spent unraveling her season-long deceptions and, as many of her costars felt, betrayals.
Things started pleasantly enough, with updates from both the Faithfuls and the four Traitors (save for Bravolebrities Reza and Brandi, both of whom didn't attend the reunion). Michael Davidson lost 50 pounds, a pregnant Kate Chastain "gained 50," she joked, people finally learned how to spell "Geraldine" — including Christian De La Torre, who is now dating his costar IRL — and many babies were born since the filming of the American adaptation's first season.
It was actually those family expansions, particularly of Cirie's fellow final three competitors Andie Vanacore and Quentin Jiles, that kickstarted the betrayal talk at the reunion.
"I felt like Cirie was stabbing me in the back by being a Traitor and then ultimately using my life to get Arie to quit, in reference to my kids, she stabbed me in the chest," Quentin says, claiming Cirie knew of his situation back home and used that knowledge to her advantage.
When Andy asks Andie if they've since forgiven Cirie, the finalist reveals: "They don't show it but I was sitting on the ground crying for 10 minutes before I could even look at her because for me I was, like, I need to separate how I'm gonna react at this moment from how I actually feel."
"Every single person on here trusted me in some sense," Andie says. "At the end of the day, you [Cirie] had to trust somebody to go forward in the game... I really thought because of the relationship that we built, you knew that I was having a kid on the way, you knew that I wanted top surgery and gender-affirming care. We talked about that stuff so it was for sure painful."
"What did she do wrong?" Andy pointedly asks Andie and Quentin about Cirie's strategy. "I don't think I would have used people's families or those personal connections like that," Andie replies.
"You felt that Cirie used your personal experience in order to get Arie to leave so that she could keep all of the money?" Andy asks, to which they both agree.
As the winner, Cirie gets the final word, telling the group: "If you guys ever play these games again, there are going to be ups and downs but the relationships that are formed for me in this game, and this is particular to you Andie, our relationship was so real to me. It had nothing to do with The Traitors... all of the in-depth conversations we had was 100% authentic for me and you. It just so happened that it occurred during this game called The Traitors."
A tearful Andie ultimately forgives Cirie and they hug it out. Because when it comes down to it, as Kate says, "Don't hate the player, hate the game."
Fans react to that tense The Traitors reunion:
Fans of the reality show who watched the reunion definitely seemed more Team Cirie on this, some even calling those complaining about her tactics as "sore losers."
#TheTraitorsUS reunion was silly. The game is LITERALLY called the TRAITORS! Lying and backstabbing is the name of the game! Cirie did what had to be done, it's not her fault people couldn't separate the game from life. She's managed to do it on four seasons of survivor.February 28, 2023
Look, what we’re not gonna do is beat up on Cirie #TheTraitorsReunionFebruary 28, 2023
Andie, Arie, Quentin, Stephenie being mad at how Cirie played is giving sore loser #TheTraitorsFebruary 28, 2023
My favorite part of The Traitors reunion is how Faithfuls act horribly offended and deeply hurt they were lied to by a Traitor, which was...the point of the game.February 28, 2023
watching the traitors reunion and these people already being weird towards cirie. #TheTraitorsUSFebruary 28, 2023
I’m sorry this reunion is beat cirie down. She played the hell out of #traitors… these people on here talking about personal connections. #traitorsreunionFebruary 28, 2023
a lot of them took the game way too personal. the point is to win the money, who cares if someone lied & backstabbed? that’s the point of the whole game 😭 pls don’t cast normal people for next season #TheTraitorsUS #TheTraitorsReunionFebruary 28, 2023
Just watched #TheTraitorsReunion. People, this show is about traitors. @Ciriesurvivor12 was a traitor. She did what she needed to do to win. Get over it.February 28, 2023
The salt about Cirie still winning stings I see for some #TraitorsUS #TraitorsReunion #TheTraitorsUS #TheTraitorsReunionFebruary 28, 2023
These people literally don't have what it takes to backstab or compete. The show is called TRAITORS for a reason and y'all are salty cuz Cirie played y'all? 🥴🙄🧐 #TheTraitorsUS #thetraitorsreunionFebruary 28, 2023
You can stream The Traitors US reunion right now on Peacock.
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Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.