Survivor 45 has been a hit with viewers, but it’s not all been smooth sailing, with the pre-merge featuring two quitter — the first non-medical related quits since Survivor: San Juan Del Sur back in 2014.
There was once upon a time when host and executive producer Jeff Probst would go hard on quitters. Remember in Survivor: Pearl Islands when he threw Osten Taylor’s torch on the floor? Or the way he chastized Colton Cumbie in Survivor: Blood vs. Water? For a long time, Survivor’s edict was to shame quitters.
That changed in recent years, with Probst taking a more tolerant and understanding approach to those who bowed out of the game. As we saw this season, both Hannah Rose and Sean Edwards were treated with compassion and had the honor of having their torches snuffed despite quitting (or asking to be voted out).
Well, Probst has now had enough and is returning to strict school principal mode. In an interview on Live With Kelly and Mark on Wednesday, November 15, Probst was asked about the two quits this season, and he made a vow.
“I want to declare right here, on your show, that from this point forward, if you’re a Survivor player and you quit, your torch will not be snuffed; that’s over,” he said. “To get your torch snuffed, you gotta play the game… you don’t get the moment if you quit. I think I need to be a little harder on that moving forward.”
It’s unclear quite how this will work. Will Probst just leave the quitter’s torch lit and make them walk off with it? Will he put out the flame another way instead of with his custom-made snuffer? Perhaps he’ll throw a bucket of cold water over the player and the torch just to add extra insult to injury.
“The truth is, over 45 seasons, less than 1% quit, so it’s pretty remarkable people actually do it,” Probst added. “The one thing you can’t test for in all the psych testing is the real elements, you know, the rain, the bamboo, the snakes, and all that.”
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