Neil Patrick Harris in for 10-day Celebrity Survivor, Jeff Probst looking for “truly great cast”

Actor Neil Patrick Harris is in for a celebrity season of Survivor, and now Jeff Probst is actively challenging other celebrities to sign on, convinced that CBS will say yes if they can assemble a strong cast. (I think a celebrity season is a great idea.)

Probst floated this idea a year ago, though then he was talking about a week-long version during which the celebrities could still stay in contact with fans and others. So, not exactly Survivor. Here’s what he told People last week:

“Mark Burnett and I really want to do a celebrity version. We were just talking about this at a Grammy party last week. Neil Patrick Harris was there, and he told me flat out he wants to play. I challenged him and said ‘Do you really want to do it, or is this just a fun fantasy that will never happen?’ He said, ‘I want to do it.’

So, on the heels of NPH having the guts to say, ‘I’m in’ — I’m putting out the challenge! If you are a celebrity and truly believe you could hack it, it’s time to put up. It would be a shortened shoot — maybe 10 days or so — so you can still get back to do your movies and TV shows, and you won’t lose so much weight that your agents will panic. But rest assured it will still kick your ass. If we can get a truly great cast together I think CBS would go for it.”

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