Probst responds to criticism about Survivor casting, twists
Survivor Blood vs. Water’s many twists, including the return of the obnoxious Redemption Island and the casting of Rupert Boneham (for the fourth time) and Colton Cumbie (who’s already been on the show one too many times), has generated a lot of negative feedback, though there are certainly many people who love things like Rupert’s return.
However, host/producer/showrunner Jeff Probst has responded to some criticism on Twitter. Probst’s responses seem to be a combination of oh-well resignation (“we’ll miss you” to people who say they won’t watch) and playfulness, like his reply to someone who said he fucked up the reunion hosting.
As to this season, responding to the suggestion by many (including me) that this season sounds like the show is jumping the shark, he wrote,
@ruedog3 I think we jumped the shark back in season 3 when we "switched tribe members" and fans lost their minds.— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) August 22, 2013
Regarding the casting of Colton Cumbie: In March 2012, Probst said, “I can’t imagine celebrating Colton and bringing him back,” though he did also say, “But, I could be wrong on that.”
He was; Colton’s back. Here’s what Probst responded to a viewer who was disgusted by that casting:
@dianndroid I do hear you on Colton. Might be worth watching to see how it plays out. But respect your decision either way.— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) August 22, 2013
Probst took a lighter approach to responding to criticism about four-time player Rupert:
@JeffProbst Rupert Again? isn't his 15 minutes up already? Evidently he got a groupon for another go.— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) August 22, 2013
The return of Redemption Island, True Dork Times’ Jeff Pittman points out, will allow someone to be voted out four times this season, thanks to the swap-out twist (FOUR TIMES). One viewer’s negative response prompted this:
@schmid3 Bummer, we'll miss you. But I get it, you have to have your boundaries.— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) August 22, 2013
But Probst—who, remember, has already seen the whole season so his predictions are based on knowing the actual outcome—seems excited about the fundamental change to this season, which is what I think will make or break it: the affect of having Amazing Race-style pairs playing the game. Here’s what he wrote:
One of the biggest differences -the added layers of game play due to loved ones being on opposite tribe. Pretty interesting. Emotional.— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) August 22, 2013