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Jeff Probst ‘Resolves’ Issue With CBS Over Spoiler-Filled Promos


Jeff Probst is tired of CBS spoiling the show in its commercials.

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It’s become somewhat of a running joke at this point that the CBS promos spoil Survivor more than a Survivor Sucks messageboard. For years, a vocal minority of fans have complained about this issue, but until now, those gripes have fallen on deaf ears—now fans have found an unlikely supporter in the form of the show’s host.

The long-running Survivor host took to Twitter before Wednesday’s episode to share his frustration at CBS revealing details of future episodes in its TV promo spots. “To those of you frustrated by the #survivor spoilers in the promos… I have to admit I too find it mind numbing,” said Probst, who also serves as the showrunner.

It appears the main source of the complaints came from a short promo that aired twice during the Survivor: Island of the Idols premiere last week. The clip showed the Lairo tribe arriving at Tribal Council and dipping their torches into the fire—thereby spoiling that they had lost the Immunity Challenge, despite the challenge not having aired yet.

As if that wasn’t enough, earlier this week, a preview for the second episode revealed Vokai tribe-member Kellee Kim was the person selected to visit Rob and Sandra at the Island of the Idols. This was at odds with the episode itself which presented the moment as a surprise.

It’s not the first season where this kind of thing has happened, but it is the first time Probst has openly criticized CBS regarding the problem. The executive producer tweeted three times on Wednesday, where he voiced his frustration and confirmed that CBS still doesn’t allow Survivor’s production team (SEG) to approve the commercial spots. He also encouraged fans to continue directing their complaints towards CBS.

Those complaints must have worked, as earlier today, Probst returned to Twitter to announce that the matter has been “resolved.” He didn’t expand on how exactly the issue has been cleared up, but given the nature of the complaint, one could speculate that the production team will now get to approve the CBS ads.

Survivor: Island of the Idols continues on Wednesday.


Martin is a 31-year-old writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider, previously ET Canada and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull.