‘Survivor’: Season 41 Contestant Danny Still Has a Bone To Pick With the Show About a New Twist

by Jonathan Howard

The season finale of Survivor has come and gone. However, one season 41 contestant still has a bad taste in his mouth due to one new twist on the show.

If you watched this season of Survivor then you will likely remember this big moment. When Erika was isolated by herself, she was met with an opportunity. The hourglass. It allowed her to turn back the hands of time as if nothing had ever happened. And, just like that, the game had changed.

For Danny McCray, the former NFL safety has some issues with how that all went down. In the past, he has said that he felt host Jeff Probst had lied to the contestants. When the hourglass was played, the competition that Erika had been excluded from had the results flipped. Winners were losers and vice versa. Danny and fellow contestant Sydney fell victim to the twist they had no idea even existed.

While talking with Sydney on an Instagram Live event, Danny joked about the incident. However, it was no laughing matter for the two Luvu tribe members. McCray ended up losing his teammate and ally. For Sydney, her run on the game show ended and so did her hopes of a million dollars.

Survivor fans were not too happy about it either. Despite the reactions from fans and players alike, don’t expect Probst to change his ways. There are always going to be twists and changes like this. It just wouldn’t be the same game without them.

‘Survivor’ Danny Talked to Probst About Hourglass Twist

When Danny was voted off he was able to speak his mind about the game. He didn’t hold back about his feelings for the hourglass at the beginning of December. He had made it to the top-6 and might have gone further if Erika hadn’t been saved early on in the game by the twist.

“I wouldn’t say I was yelling at Jeff or anything like that,” McCray said. “… If you go out there and say, ‘Hey man, this is what’s happening,’ kind of like the Do or Die twist, then I can accept that. But when you are the person that says, ‘Work hard, dig hard, you have to earn everything this season on Survivor,’ and then you earn it, really just to not really earn it, it didn’t sit well with me. Being a competitor, it was difficult for me to process.”

That competitive nature gave Danny a great shot during this season of Survivor. However, there were just too many things out of his control. When he was out on the football field, he could control all the things he could control. If he got beat on a route by a receiver, that was on him. However, a twist like the hourglass takes all of that work and throws it out the window.