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Lost’s surprise ending: Jeff Probst and his snuffer

After the profoundly moving and/or frustrating and/or stupid and/or predictable ending to Lost, its showrunners and cast members paid homage to the reality show that inspired the series, and to some of TV’s other famous finales.

In three alternate endings that aired during Jimmy Kimmel Live, executive producers, writers, and media manipulators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse made fun of themselves and the show as the cast acted out three other possible endings to the show. The first was my favorite:

Jeff Probst may be insufferable in EW, but he’s proven to be exceptional at self-deprecation. The whole exchange is hilarious: “I’m Jeff Probst. Hello?” “You’ve got to be kidding me.” And then the kicker, a nod to Lost fans frustrated with the show’s treatment of Michael: “Where have you been?” Well-played all around.

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