Returning Survivors will play the game; viewers almost voted but Jeff Probst said no

John Powell’s interview with Jeff Probst reveals two key points about Survivor Guatemala‘s big twist, which involves the return of two players.

First, producers considered “allowing America to pick the returning Survivors.” But Jeff Probst said no. “My feeling was you cannot trust America to vote in two people that have the qualities we need. People can get on the Internet and people can have their friends call in and suddenly we are left with someone who was voted out first from four seasons ago who nobody remembers. You can’t do that.”

The second and most significant revelation is that producers “created a list of potential candidates before they decided who would get a second chance to play the game.” That’s right: Apparently, the two returning cast members (who have been well-known for some time) will compete along with the old cast members. If that’s true, it’ll be just like Survivor All-Stars and the Outcast tribe all over again. And seriously, couldn’t they have picked two stronger players to return?

Here’s what Jeff thinks about the idea, although I’m not quite sure I understand what he’s saying:

“I supported the idea because I think socially it is a really great question. People see it very differently and I think people are going to react very differently. So people will say… ‘No. No. No. You had your chance. Go away.’ In my thinking that is shortsightedness. That is putting some silly ego or pride ahead of the goal and the goal is… How do I get further in the game?”

Probst talks ‘Survivor Guatemala’ [Jam! Showbiz]

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