Jeff Probst: rich/poor tribes “mistake”; another all-star, cold climate Survivors may happen

Jeff Probst wasn’t thrilled with the twist on Survivor Fiji, and says it “has not been as fulfilling because it has been unfair,” he tells Jam! Showbiz.

“If you look at this (the twist) as a mistake then we certainly didn’t have luck but I will say the season isn’t over yet,” he said. In particular, he promises that “[i]t’s going to start getting exciting this week. … I am just happy that the audience sticks with us to see how it plays out. We’ve never had two seasons in a row with people who are lackluster.”

He says that, like this season of The Apprentice, the tribes were originally going to switch camps after a challenge victory. “We didn’t know if people would get confused over where they were living,” Probst said. “We just decided to go for it, winner take all and see what happens.” Jam! Showbiz also reports that Probst “fought against the [most recent tribe switch-up] twist but series producer Mark Burnett overruled him.”

Meanwhile, Probst confirmed rumors that an all-star season is possible. Even though he hated the first one, he says, “My own personal preference is really irrelevant. This is a show we make for the people who watch it and we have been blessed with a loyal fan base who do want another ‘All-Stars’ and it is not out of the question to have another one.”

Finally, Probst said that a non-tropical location is also a possibility for a future season. “I think Mark Burnett is truly leaning towards a colder climate, especially if the show goes on further because it is hard to find locations,” he said.

Probst: Best yet to come on ‘Fiji’ [Jam! Showbiz]

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