Entertainment Survivor: Jeff Probst on that bonkers Tribal Council

17:52  07 december  2017
17:52  07 december  2017 Source:   Entertainment Weekly

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  Survivor: Jeff Probst explains why he looks down at his feet Each week, Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I thought Devon’s plan of having Ben act as a double agent and pretend to be in the dark on the JP vote to gain intel from the other side was pretty brilliant. I clearly underestimated Devon’s strategic chops in this game. What did you see from Devon in casting and has his gameplay surprised you as well? JEFF PROBST: The initial take on Devon in casting was divided. We were all in agreement that he was one of the nicest people we’d ever met as you could tell that he had been raised well. But the question mark was would he come alive on the beach or would he play the game more laid back? I was definitely on the fence. What ultimately sold us on him was the belief that people would root for him if for no other reason than his likability. So as his game awareness became more apparent we were all super stoked. Turns out he can appear laid back but still push the game forward. He’s a Survivor version of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. If you underestimate him based on his manners, he will swallow you whole. Now he has put himself in a really strong position and at a very good time in the game. As a player you have to remind yourself all day, every day — there will be only one winner. We don’t share the title or the money. So everybody is your enemy. By design.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: A lot of emotional reunions here at the loved ones challenge. Was there one in particular that hit you the hardest out there?

JEFF PROBST: Ah, man, that’s a tough question because each of them needed the love so much and I connected with every one of them in a different way. The loved ones moment in the show has really changed for me over the years. I really focus on the reaction of the players. From the moment they sense their loved ones are on the island their entire demeanor changes. Even the toughest of players begins to let their guard down.

In the early days I wasn’t always able to access my empathy for what players were going through, maybe because I was dealing with my own stuff just trying to make the show. But I have come to truly respect anybody who takes this game on because of the enormous toll it takes to weather the emotional highs and lows. So choosing my favorite moment would be like choosing a favorite kid. I always enjoy this episode because the players have earned it and they really cherish it.

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Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of Survivor : Kaôh Rōng. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Oh, Jeffrey , this was positively delicious. Please take me through every single second of what it was like being there and what happened at Tribal when Scot expected

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For the first time you had the players and loved ones each picking marbles out of a bag, and they had to match colors to stay in the game to win a reward. Take us through the decision to have them do this and was it intentional to make it a contest of blind luck as opposed to skill?

This originated from a simple problem of too much story and not enough time in the episode. We only have 43 minutes in a one-hour episode. You have to carefully allocate where the time goes. We wanted to involve the loved ones but we didn’t want it to take as long as a full-on challenge because we wanted to have plenty of time for the actual love. So our challenge department came up with a simple game of chance. We were very happy with how it played and surprisingly it actually bonded all the players as they were “willing” their loved one to grab the right marble.

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So many private conversations and side huddles and changing of votes going on at this Tribal Council. Take us through what you saw happening there.

Boy, that was nuts in the greatest way. So much going on that it’s hard to recap it beat by beat. What I remember thinking after it was over was, “This really is where the game is.” You cannot come into tribal with what you think is a “plan” and just expect it to always come through. You can’t even be certain the plan you’ve been told is the real plan. And if it is the real plan, it doesn’t mean someone in the alliance won’t get spooked by something they hear and change their mind. Or it could be a pretty legit plan except for that one player who feels they are on the bottom and makes a move to betray. Lauren never ever dreamed she would be going home because there wasn’t any reasonable scenario that would result in her being voted out. But it happened.

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Each week, Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of Survivor : Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I just don’t understand what Dr. Mike’s move was here at Tribal Council .

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Penultimate episode coming up next week. Tease it up for us, sir!

Oh boy. At the risk of sounding like hyperbole… next week is even better. This thing is on fire from here to the end. EVERYBODY is playing for the win.

Check out a deleted scene from last night’s episode above and make sure to read our full episode recap. Also make sure to rank all 34 Survivor winners, and for more Survivor scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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Each week, Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Ben was shocked that nobody went to follow him as he left to go look for an idol, which he then found. Should the other five players have had someone constantly following Ben everywhere or is that too impractical because there might be times — say where someone goes off for an interview or to the bathroom — that are impossible to monitor? What’s your take on babysitting folks looking for an idol? JEFF PROBST: You would think by season 35 there would be some kind of Survivor Manual with guidelines for every situation. But there are so many factors that come into play in each situation that it’s just not that clear. The easy criticism is to say “You idiots! You deserve it!” But having been in those jungles, I can attest to the fact that finding an idol is not nearly as easy it often appears to be on the show. Sometimes you get lucky and find it fast, but usually, you are searching for hours and most times come away with nothing. So I do think that was part of the thinking… “He’s not gonna find another one.” And I also think groupthink plays a part because nobody wants to be the babysitter. It’s exhausting and so often your time would be spent following someone who doesn’t end up finding anything. So if someone in the group suggests letting him go, others are easily swayed.

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