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Survivor host Jeff Probst spills intel on Millennials vs. Gen X cast

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Jeff Probst has already teased a Survivor first that will be taking place in the Millennials vs. Gen X season airing this fall, and also explained the thinking behind the theme. But what about the players themselves?

While we haven’t met the entire cast as of yet, a handful of contestants were revealed in a promo teaser shown at the end of the Survivor: Kaoh Rong reunion show. We sat down with Jeff Probst on location in Fiji recently and he shared some intel on the six shown contestants. Here are the host’s comments on each.


“Really interesting guy. I think Zeke is a person people are just going to want to hear talk because he’s a really good storyteller and he has an interesting point of view on the show. He’s a super fan, but he has an entry point that I’ve never heard before. It’s like one of those guys with Coach or even Phillip or Debbie or Aubry — somebody that you go, ‘Wow, I’ve never heard Survivor explained that way.’ He’s in that category, but he’s got his own unique take on it.”


“Chris is a lawyer on the Gen X tribe — played college football, was captain at Oklahoma. This is an accomplished dude, and he’s big. He’s like a barn. But he’s very black and white. And so it’s interesting to watch him in these first few moments versus the Millennials. The Millennials are like, ‘Hey, I’m not sure. Maybe, maybe not. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. I’m not worried about tomorrow.’ Chris’ attitude is, ‘First this, then this, then that.’ That’s that collision of culture that you will identify with one way or the other.”


“Taylor is the personification of a Millennial for me. He has, like, six jobs. He’s a snowboarder, he’s working at a surf place… I don’t know what he does, but he’s a really likable guy — a beautiful young man who has this energy that is so Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and I think you will find yourself laughing not at him, but with him. He’s really funny and he doesn’t take himself too seriously. But he will tell you, ‘I’m serious when I say, I’ll deal with tomorrow tomorrow.’ And I would say ‘Well, Taylor, you’re aware the game is played all the time?’ ‘Yeah, but I want to enjoy myself too.’”

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“Mari is a gamer — a video gamer online. She’s built for this. She’s like, ‘This is a living version of what I do every day inside my head, only now I’m playing it with real humans.’”


“We have a woman, Sunday, who’s on the Gen X tribe, who is a pastor. Her big deal is, ‘My secret advantage is I’m a Gen Xer and I’m a mom and I own it. But I counsel young people. I do understand millennials. I know what they’re thinking. I know what they’re about, and if we ever get into a situation where we switch or we merge and I’m with the Millennials, then I think I’ll have an advantage some of these other Gen Xers won’t have.’”


“David is a Gen Xer and we found him late in the process. He’s a writer. Literally, the cliché — he’s a Hollywood writer. And he is such a fish out of water, and an instant underdog. But man, his storytelling is fantastic. And I think in a way he’s in the Cochran world of you look at him and go, I’m not sure how long he can last, but while he’s here, he’s hilarious.”

Check out the preview video for Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X above. And for more Survivor coverage, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.