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Hidden immunity idols will return in Survivor 21, but with a change due to Russell

Survivor‘s 21st season (which is heading to Nicaragua) will again include hidden immunity idols, but they won’t be hidden in the same way we’ve seen for the past few seasons thanks to Russell Hantz. The near-downpour of idols has changed the game these past few seasons, both in good ways (some great TV) and in bad ways (Russell).

That’s according to Jeff Probst, whose near-orgasmic recap of last night’s “cat fight” between Amanda and Danielle (“Two women, dressed only in bikini’s [sic] who haven’t showered in weeks fighting over a small piece of parchment in a hotel room … let them fight it out and the winner gets it, cause [sic] let’s be honest, that would be fun to watch”) and the rest of the episode is interrupted by some actual news, about next season and this season.

Besides explaining that we’ll have a two-episodes-in-one episode next week, Probst wrote that Russell is “so good at it that he’s forever changed how we will handle idols in future seasons,” so that “[n]ext season it will take more than just looking under a rock to find a hidden idol. I won’t give away what we’re doing, but in planning our creative for next season we coined a phrase, ‘The Russell Factor’ and it influenced how we will play the hidden idol next season.”

As a self-aggrandizing tangent, I appreciate the way Probst now occasionally–emphasis on the occasional–includes sections marked “INSIGHT.” If I were Russell, I’d take all the credit, since I all but begged him to provide insight instead of pointless recaps. Now we get sometimes get both, with bonus sexism.

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