Jeff Probst on episode 5 of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'
Each week, Survivor host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of Redemption Island.
So, how many donuts would it take for you to give Phillip a massage?
Start diggin my plot as I will soon be dead from starvation.
Part of what you try to do when you ask players questions is to draw them out in the hope that their comments will create drama with other players, but Rob never, ever takes the bait. Like at Redemption Island, when you asked him about Matt, “Why’d you vote him out, Rob?” When he answers that “It doesn’t take one person to vote someone out, Jeff, you know that,” are you simultaneously impressed by his ability to stay above the fray while frustrated that he won’t bite on the fishing line you’ve just reeled out?
I always tell contestants if you want to keep me off your back just give me an answer to my question. Any answer. I don’t care if you tell the truth or lie. Give me something usable. It’s when they give me answers like “I dunno” that I get frustrated and often that frustration leads me right back to them with an even more pressing question. Rob has become a master of the “no-answer answer.” When you’re that good at tribal, it does make my job much harder, but that’s my problem, not theirs. I never get frustrated with good game play.
When I spoke to Russell last week, he made mention of Steve not being able to do much physically, and then last night Steve sat out the challenge and Stephanie alluded to the fact that he was a physical liability. This is a former NFL offensive lineman who looks to be in great shape. What is it about him that these players are talking about but we’re not seeing?
I never fully understood the criticism but what I gathered is that he was more of a “lumbering” type and not really a fast twitch kind of guy. So maybe they felt he was just too slow out of the gate? If we had more “push the other guy off the platform” challenges they might feel differently.
David vs. Rob in the puzzle: Who’s your money on?
That’s a tough one. They’re both very bright. Day in day out I will always bet on Rob. Always. Against any Survivor player. Doesn’t matter that he has never won, he’s still the best overall player we’ve ever had.
Tease us up for next week, Probst!
Watch out girls… Phillip has had enough of your laziness.
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