Mark Burnett says Survivor is “worth about a billion dollars” to its host country

Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst answer questions about Survivor for TV Guide, and among other things, executive producer Burnett says that the show is “probably worth about a billion dollars in marketing value” to its host country.

For the next season, Probst says, the show will not be filmed in another intense location. He says, “We all feel that we did the ‘tough season’ in Guatemala, and maybe we’ll try something different. It was a little scary for us.”

Mark Burnett points out that the environment didn’t have as much impact on the women because men are dumbasses. “It should be noted that none of the women collapsed. There’s a moral to the story: The women are smart enough to ask for help, to know when to rest, when to cry, when to offer help,” he says. “They’re more valuable than men on expeditions for that very reason. Men, because of their ego and testosterone, tend to go until they fall over, doing nobody any favors.”

Jeff also addresses the lack of diversity among this year’s cast: “The overwhelming majority of people who apply to Survivor are white. We’re aware of racial [and] cultural diversity, because our show is built on people from all walks of life.”

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