Probst made Survivor’s regurgitated meat challenge less gross

Despite being a repeat of a challenge we’ve seen before, Survivor South Pacific‘s meat-tearing challenge last night was one of the grossest challenges reality TV has ever seen. As I mentioned in my recap of the episode, that’s in no small part due to excellent work on the part of the crew, who captured incredible sound and video, including tiny HD cameras upon which the contestants hurled their saliva-soaked meat.

Unbelievably, it could have been much worse and much more disgusting: contestants pulling off ears, eyes, and tails with their mouths. But Jeff Probst stopped that. As he told EW’s Dalton Ross, “This was originally a complete pig with ears, snout, tail, etc. It was just too much for me when I first saw it, so I asked the guys to make it a little less recognizable. In exchange they loaded it with BBQ sauce to make it nasty.”

Of course, if he really wanted to spare us our dry and wet heaves, he wouldn’t have let the tribe take the basket of pre-chewed meat back to their camp to eat it as a reward. Instead, he would have reacted to their hungry eyes by dumping it on the ground, setting it on fire, and saying, “You’re animals!”

In any case, what did happen was so gross it’s worth rewatching again! So, here’s the video, in case you want to see if you can make a friend gag; you want to become a vegetarian (this video plus this excellent book will likely convince you); or you just want to puke.

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