Survivor Host Jeff Probst Gives Answer to ‘What Would You Do’ Strategy Question

by John Jamison
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How do you think you’d fare as a contestant on “Survivor”? Be honest.

The long-running adventure game show is seemingly impossible to win. There are up to 20 contestants in any given season, and the winner is the last man or woman standing. Anything can happen. Even if you’ve played the perfect strategy, there are no guarantees. Longtime host Jeff Probst recently posted a video on Instagram in which he discussed a specific situation that would require careful calculation as a contestant. He posed a question to his fans.

“Survivor” host Jeff Probst painted the picture of a scenario that arose during the filming of the upcoming season. To puzzle, or not to puzzle? That is the question.

“It’s the first immunity challenge. There’s a puzzle. Stakes are high and you’re good at puzzles,” Probst says in the video. “Do you put yourself in the puzzle role? It’s the quintessential risk vs. reward on ‘Survivor’ because if you put yourself in the role and you win, your tribe is safe and you’re probably in good stead because they know they can rely on you to win puzzles. But if you lose, you go to tribal (council) and they could easily hold you accountable. So what do you do? What type of player are you?”

Well, are you the type of person to step up and risk exposing yourself to an immediate exit? Or do you play it low-key and let someone else step in front of the bullet? Of course, this scenario assumes a talent for puzzles. It’s not an easy question to tackle because there are no wrong answers. It all comes down to the type of strategy with which you approach the game.

‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Doesn’t Want the Show to Stay the Same from Season to Season

The upcoming “Survivor” Season 41 premieres Wednesday. In a recent interview with Variety, Jeff Probst discussed the topic of change at length. Perhaps no other season of the long-running show has seen as many changes to the game itself as 41 promises.

“Survivor” would undoubtedly find plenty of success without them. But for Probst, that’s not nearly as satisfying creatively. He’s aware that the show would likely be fine without overhauling the format and adding new twists or turns. After 20-plus years, however, Probst wants to see the show explore its options.

“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,'” Probst said.