‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Reveals Defining Moment of Season 41

by Jonathan Howard
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Each season on Survivor shows a moment that completely changes the game. That was true this year as Season 41 came and went.

Host Jeff Probst has seen a lot of Survivor in his time. Like, twice a year for the last 20 years or so. He knows the history and the lore of the game. When he talks about defining moments he knows all of them. He took some time to talk to TV Line about the season and what this year’s defining moment was.

“That’s a tough question to answer because it’s so subjective, but I’ll give it a go. My vote would be for Ricard turning on Shan as the defining moment of the season. As a pair, you have to put them up there with JT and Stephen, Domenick and Wendell or Denise and Malcolm,” the host said.

However, these contestants have their own dynamic that others did not have. Shan had an alliance built that could have taken down Ricard, but she instead let Ricard know what was happening when the “Cookout” alliance had plants to take him out of the game. Turns out, Ricard didn’t return the favor.

“Shan knew that Deshawn and Danny were targeting Ricard, but instead of joining them, she stayed loyal to Ricard and told him. And what did Ricard do? He saw an opening and seized the opportunity. He persuaded Deshawn to join him and took out Shan with a devastating and brilliant blindside,” Probst said about the two.

Survivor is a tricky game. You have to turn your back on others but expect them to end up voting for you if you make it to the finale. Balancing emotions and relationships is difficult and politics on the island can play a big part in that.

‘Survivor’ Host Says Shan and Ricard Saga Was ‘So Inevitable’

Speaking of Shan and Ricard, the two were favorites for much of the game. At one point in time, Shan was arguably the most powerful player on the island. Ricard was a strong competitor in the challenges, but looking at alliances and the political landscape of the game, Shan was in a great position.

However, Survivor rarely goes how folks expect. Especially this year. There were a lot of twists and surprises. The hourglass twist saved Erika and she was the eventual winner of the entire game. However, when Ricard and Shan were at the top of their game, they were the two best castaways on Season 41.

“You could see their showdown coming, yet you didn’t really want it to happen because they were so fun to watch,” Probst said about the two. “The way it went down was so unexpected and yet so inevitable… a brutal betrayal.”

It was one of the biggest blindsides that the show had seen in a while. Shan and Ricard will hopefully return to Survivor in the future. They are too good not to make a return.