Survivor host Jeff Probst reveals that he is still open to the possibility of a Celebrity edition of the show in the future.
Many great, and not so great, reality shows have attempted the “celebrity” edition at some point in their run – to varying degrees of success. Mark Burnett’s pseudo-business reality show The Apprentice boosted its declining popularity when it became The Celebrity Apprentice in 2008; while spawning a future presidential candidate in the process. A show like Dancing With The Stars – which places low-level celebs in sequined outfits and throws them on the dance-floor – has produced over twenty seasons and continues to go strong. Others, like ABC’s The Mole, were ruined once celebrities got involved, and were unable to avoid the axe.
A Celebrity Survivor has been rumored for a number of years but has yet to come to fruition. In recent seasons we have seen recognizable sports figures like Jimmy Johnson, Cliff Robinson, and Scot Pollard, attempt to take on the harsh elements of Survivor. In the twenty-fifth season, former Facts of Life star, Lisa Whelchel, was a member of the cast and made it all the way to the final three. However, a full-blown celebrity edition is something that remains in the imagination.
In a recent interview with EW.com’s Dalton Ross, Survivor host Jeff Probst said the idea of a possible celebrity version of the long-running series was “not dead.” Even though Executive Producer Mark Burnett has put the kibosh on plans for a celeb edition, Probst remains hopeful that the idea could work given the right circumstances. “I think the only way Celebrity Survivor works is if for some reason there was an event…. – a benefit or something where enough celebrities said, ‘All right, I’ll give you six days.’ And we’ll do six episodes. We’ll vote someone out every night. I think we could do that.”
Survivor certainly has its fair share of high-profile celebrity fans. Most recently we saw wig-wearing pop star Sia crash the stage at the Survivor: Kaôh Rōng reunion, where she awarded third place finisher Tai Trang with $100,000. How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick-Harris has gone on the record about his love for Survivor, and according to Probst, back in 2013, was very open to appearing on the show. Australian comedian and Pitch Perfect star, Rebel Wilson, has also recently revealed her desire to take part in the island adventure.
While it might be tricky to put together a top tier celebrity cast, Probst is confident they could get “some cool people” as long as they had a good reason to leave their life behind for a week. “Guys like Jimmy Fallon – he is a fan. But Jimmy Fallon hosts a gigantic show. There’s no way he’s leaving for six days if he has six days off. But maybe one day. And we’ve worked on a format that we could do that would be super fast,” Probst told EW.
But is a Celebrity Survivor something fans of the show want? Would a celebrity version be too watered down? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and tell us what celebrities you’d like to see on the show if it does ever happen.