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Jeff Probst on episode 13 of 'Survivor: South Pacific'

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Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: South Pacific.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you kneel down and thank God every morning for bringing you the Hantz family? As if Russell’s evil genius gameplay and Brandon’s schizophrenic back-and-forth drama hasn’t given you enough great TV, now here comes Shawn to shake things up on the loved ones visit. Two part question: 1) Was there ever any talk of Russell coming as Brandon’s loved one, or could that not happen because he was planning to keep that connection a secret? And 2) How many other Hantzes are out there waiting to get on the show?

JEFF PROBST: The Survivor Gods have been very good to us over the years and the Hantz family is one of our greatest gifts. I think Brandon did consider having his uncle Russell come visit but he wasn’t sure at the start of the show whether he would ever admit to being a Hantz so he decided to play it safe and bring his dad. How great would that have been to bring Russell on the show as a loved one?!! 

Another question about the loved ones reward: What about the loved ones who flew out, but their relatives were voted out by the time they got there. Did John, Whitney, and Dawn get to hang out with their loved ones at Ponderosa?

Depending on how far away we are it can take 2-3 days to get loved ones to location so yes, there are times when a loved one flies out but then their contestant is voted out and so they never get to see them.  In those cases, no, they do not get to see them. It’s part of the policy of how we run the show. Especially when those contestants are still on the jury, we just don’t want them having any outside influences.

Be honest, you’ve been practicing your Dragonslayer move, haven’t you? You looked very fluid and zen-like with your motions out there. 

I love the Dragonslayer. I think Coach is a kick. If we all had that sort of a sense of humor about ourselves imagine how much more fun the world would be? As for my moves, hmm… jury still out.

Don’t you dare go anywhere until you tease us up good for next week!

Next week, one of the best Tribal Councils of the season, followed by Sunday night’s two hour finale!

For more from the host, check out Jeff’s Tout page. To read Dalton’s recap, click right here. To watch an exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode as well as our pre-game interview with Cochran, simply watch the video player below. And for more Survivor scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss.

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