By Dalton Ross
Updated September 13, 2011 at 05:00 PM EDT


Last season Survivor announced the biggest change ever to its format by allowing people that were voted off to stay in the game and compete to get back on a tribe courtesy of a little something called Redemption Island. Fans were divided. Some liked it. Others, like myself, felt that it diluted the impact of Survivor‘s most important moment of all — the Tribal Council vote out. But Redemption Island is back. In a video interview taken just a few hours after filming began on Survivor: South Pacific, Emmy-winning host Jeff Probst tells us why he’s glad to do it all over again, and explains one big change to the Redemption island format. To hear Probst break down the controversial twist, just click on the video player below. Then, make sure to enjoy his prediction for the first player to go, as well as him ranting at me about press coverage (mostly mine) of the show. And if you do nothing else today, make sure to take a look at Jeff Probst in a truly incredible hat. Good stuff! Then, for more Survivor news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. Take it away, Jeff…