‘Survivor’: Why Jeff Probst Believes Everyone Has a Shot at Winning

by Joe Rutland
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Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst has seen a lot of people come through the show. But he thinks everyone has a shot to win.

Probst talked about this in an interview with TV Line.

“None of the final five surprise me, and here’s why: Before I vote to put someone on the show, I have to imagine them winning,” he says. “If I can’t imagine a scenario in which they could win, I’m probably not going to vote for them to be on the show.

“That is not the same criteria used by other people who have a say in who goes on the show, just mine,” Probst says. “And I’ve seen potential winners blow it in the last few days by making just one mistake and in doing so they open the door for someone else.”

Well, Survivor will be airing its Season 41 finale on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, on CBS.

‘Survivor’ Participant Danny McCray Talks About Intense Chat With Probst

Everyone who watches Survivor knows that not all the participants will see eye to eye on things.

This season, Danny McCray had some issues about what happened on the CBS show.

McCray didn’t express a lot of joy about stuff. The Survivor participant especially didn’t like the hourglass situation.

“Listen, I’m not a confrontational type, and I love Sydney, but I wouldn’t say I was yelling at Jeff or anything like that,” McCray said. “But it was very important for me to let him know that the integrity of the game is at risk when you are the host and you’re able to lie to the contestants.

“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,” he said. “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 earn it, it didn’t sit well with me.”

McCray is a former NFL player.

Show Contestant Parvati Shallow Says That ‘Survivor’ Producers Play Devil’s Advocate

Parvati Shallow definitely made her presence felt on Survivor.

But the former contestant says that the producers like to play devil’s advocate with those participating.

Shallow said producers might influence certain discussions, but they never put words in their mouths.

“They’ve asked me questions and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t even think about that. Like, wow, good question!'” Shallow said. “They won’t feed you any information. They’re not like telling you stuff, but they’ll ask questions in [a way] that caused me to think about things that I wasn’t thinking about or seeing before myself.”