‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Talks Stripped-Down Format & Major Changes for Upcoming Season

by Keeli Parkey
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Get ready “Survivor” fans! There is a new season heading to your television screens soon. And, according to the show’s host, there are major changes on the way.

That host, of course, is Jeff Probst. He has been with the show since the beginning. So, he is definitely an authority on the subject. The season that will premiere on CBS in the near future is the 41st since it debuted in 2000.

Probst shared details regarding what fans can expect from the upcoming season of “Survivor” during a recent interview with Variety. According to his comments, the global COVID-19 pandemic allowed him and others to ponder the future of the famous reality television series. And, like so many other series, the production of “Survivor” was delayed because of the coronavirus.

“Our schedule is pretty relentless. So there isn’t really a lot of time without the pressure of a ticking clock to say, ‘Let me pour one more cup of coffee and look at this again,'” Probst explained.

Based on other comments the “Survivor” host shared during the interview, fans of the series can expect the show to return to its early years. According to Probst, the 41st season will see the show go “back to the very basic idea of a group of strangers, forced to rely on each other to survive while voting each other out.”

Jeff Probst also said during the interview that fans of the show should not expect familiar faces – meaning former contestants – to appear on the show in the near future.

“For right now, where ‘Survivor’ needs to go is with fresh faces, fresh voices, players who are of the moment, players who can let us watch them and learn,” the host explained.

By making changes to “Survivor” over the years, the show has been able to tell different stories to its audience, according to Probst. “There’s an argument to be made that with a format like ‘Survivor,’ you don’t need to change anything. That’s a valid approach — it’s just never appealed to me as a storyteller. I like exploring the nooks and crannies within the creative sandbox of ‘Survivor.'”

There will be 18 contestants this season on the show. They, as the tagline of the show says, will be trying to “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast” one another to win. Interestingly, this season will feature three contestants who were not even born when the reality series debuted in 2000.

“Survivor” is slated to return to CBS for its 41st season on Wednesday, Sept. 22. So, mark your calendars!

“I think we are all ready for a new start. Not because the past wasn’t great, but precisely because it was so great. Let’s go do it again,” Jeff Probst also said about his famous show and its new approach.

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