Jeff Probst stopped filming to consult with producers about Janu’s jury role.

Jeff Probst stopped filming to consult with producers about Janu’s jury role.
Janu Tornell’s departure from Survivor Palau came only after a tribal council that lasted “several hours” and included host Jeff Probst requesting a break in filming, the AP reports. Here’s what happened, according to Janu:

“The cameras stopped. Tribal council got really heated. You guys didn’t even get any part of that. (Probst) goes, ‘This is off the record. What’s going on, Janu? What are you worried about?’ And I said, ‘Basically, I don’t want to lose my place in the jury. I don’t know where this takes me.'”

Once learning that she’d be the second member of the jury, Janu quit. So did Jeff influence her decision at all, as it appeared he might have? Janu says no:

“He aided me. I was at the point where I thought, ‘I want to go, but I don’t want to jeopardize being part of the jury.’ I was still battling with ‘quitter.’ I hate that word. But I did it. I laid down my torch. No regrets whatsoever.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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