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Pendleton man picked for 'redneck' reality show

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Phillip Honea talks about his experience on 'Redneck Island.' (May 22, 2013/FOX Carolina) Phillip Honea talks about his experience on 'Redneck Island.' (May 22, 2013/FOX Carolina)
PENDLETON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Traveling along with Phillip Honea, you get the sense that he's a Southerner through and through.

FOX Carolina rode around with him Wednesday night as he went out on the land behind his Pendleton home, along a road less traveled - an analogy that seems kind of apt, especially since Honea also wound up on a reality show.

"Everyone seems to be a little shocked that I went for a reality TV show," said Honea. "That's something I wouldn't have seen anybody else doing, much less myself."

Honea seems like the perfect fit for season 3 of the CMT show Redneck Island. He said he got on the show because of his wife.

"My wife got her laptop out and filled out the application and when she admitted the application the casting had closed," he said.

But it turned out, casting agents got his application and they liked what they saw.

Honea said he had to go through a casting process, which included a series of interviews over the course of a few months, before finally landing on an island with a bunch of other self-professed "rednecks".

Redneck Island gives its contestants a series of challenges, with the ultimate winner claiming a $100,000 prize.

The show was entirely shot earlier this year, but Honea can't reveal how he did in the competition due to the contract he signed.

And even the prospect of that money is something that Honea said was needed.

"Right before I left we found out we were having a baby, and right before I left, I found out my dad had cancer. So it was a strange time for me to be away from civilization for all that time," he said.

Despite the fact that he's on the show, which premieres in June on cable channel CMT, he said he'll be watching to see the finished product.

"I'll probably be portrayed - I don't know if you'd say lazy or as laid back," said Honea. "There is a fine line, and I don't know what side of the line I'm going to be on once the show starts rolling."

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