'Survivor' host Jeff Probst on that weird Tribal Council voting
Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What, you didn’t want to take back that flint and give them some fishing gear? I can’t for the life of me figure out why, Jeff! Your thoughts on the proposed re-swap of fishing gear for flint?
JEFF PROBST: Well, first of all, I loved it! I was so happy that Drew felt comfortable enough to go for it because it was a fun moment. I really think he thought I might be swayed, but let’s be clear: There was zero chance of that trade happening.
You need to be at least somewhat self-aware to do well in this game, but Drew strikes me as one of the least self-aware contestants we have seen in a long time. Give me your take on him and his take on himself?
Well, I guess it depends of how one defines “self-aware.” Was Narcissis self aware? The beautiful man of Greek mythology adored himself so much that he fell in love with his reflection not realizing it was a reflection that could therefore never love him back. Lonely, yes, but self-aware? Hard to know. Drew is definitely one of a kind and in some ways I liken him to someone like Coach (one of my all time favorite contestants). The ability to convince yourself that the life you want to live is the one you are actually living — it’s really an amazing skill. Some call it lacking self-awareness, but David Geffen has a great quote that offers a different take: “I’ve always thought that each person invented himself. That we are each a figment of our own imagination. And some people have a greater ability to imagine than others.”
Super weird Tribal Council voting in that you had votes for four different people, and folks weren’t even voting for whom they wanted out. Jeremy lobbied for Keith but voted for Drew, Jon lobbied for Julie but voted for Keith, and then Reed and Keith seemed to randomly vote for Julie. What sort of vibe did you get from the tribe at this point and does early instability usually translate to long term issues for a group, especially if there is a tribe switcheroo on the horizon, as we saw in the preview for next week?
Instability usually equals tribe turmoil, which often results in awesome episodes of Survivor! What you’re seeing with Hunahpu happens a lot on Survivor — a tribe dominates in challenges but because they never get to go to tribal they have no idea where the tribe vibe really stands — and when it finally comes, it causes chaos.
Okay, sir, what else can you tell us about next week’s episode?
It does appear a switch may be coming. But a switch is perhaps the least of Hunahpu’s troubles.
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