Jeff Probst & the Final 3 Discuss the Survivor 46 Finale

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In the latest On Fire episode, Survivor host Jeff Probst, Survivor 45 winner Dee Valladares, and producer Jeff Wolfe met to discuss the finale of Survivor 46. They talked about Probst’s favourite moment of the season and how he thinks it will impact the show in the future. The trio also interviewed the final three of Survivor 46, and Kenzie, Charlie, and Ben shared their thoughts on their experience. 

Probst reveals his favourite moment of the season was when five players left the game with an idol in their pockets and how this record may never be broken. The host adds, “Overall, Survivor 46 will have a big impact on Survivor moving forward, specifically due to the combination of blindsides and idols. I think it’s going to move the bar in terms of how aggressively you have to play in this game, and we could see it as early as next season.” 

Probst and company interview the final three, starting with Ben. Ben says his panic attacks shown on the show were mild compared to how they indeed were and how important it is to highlight how there needs to be no shame when it comes to talking about mental health. Probst then asks Ben for whom he would’ve voted had he been on the jury. Ben says he knew he wasn’t winning the game, and if there had been a tie, Charlie would’ve gotten his vote due to their close relationship. With Ben’s response, Probst concludes Maria’s vote was the one that cost Charlie the win.


Afterwards, they interview Charlie, who reveals he was counting on Maria’s vote. He admits he was surprised he didn’t get it and disappointed she wasn’t an advocate for his game either. Charlie stands by what he said in the after-show but doesn’t deny he has mixed feelings to this day. He also adds that he should’ve taken a shot against Maria earlier in the game, which could’ve helped him play a more assertive game, but he also doesn’t regret the game he played because it’s the one that got him to the end. He says he’s talked to Maria and says she’s a fantastic person and mom, but her not voting for him did affect their relationship. Charlie concludes he would’ve voted for Maria had their places been switched. 

Lastly, the trio interviewed the winner of the season, Kenzie, who delighted everyone by sharing that she was expecting a baby boy. Probst asks Kenzie if she was upfront with her reasons for being in the game before the final tribal council, to which Kenzie responds she was throughout the game. Kenzie also says she expected a close vote and even thought Charlie had won at one point. When asked when she knew she had won, Kenzie noted that when she answered Q’s question. Kenzie lastly says she was most surprised by Q’s and Maria’s votes. 

Probst shared some last tidbits to wrap up the third season of the podcast, including that the next three seasons will be all-new players, reiterates Survivor 50 will be returning players, and that for next season, a new player will join him and Wolfe as the third host. Dee comments on how thankful she is for being part of this experience and is grateful to have learned how to speak her voice and not care what others think about her when sharing her opinions. 

With that, the podcast’s third season wraps up until next fall, and I can only say that Survivor 47 can’t come soon enough! 

Written by

Mariana Loizaga

Mariana is a lawyer and a writer from Mexico City, Mexico. She has a masters degree in International Relations from the University of Surrey. Her hobbies include reading, blogging, and of course watching Survivor. The first season of Survivor she ever saw was Survivor: Philippines and she became so fascinated with the game and its many layers that she went back through the archives and watched every single previous season.

One response to “Jeff Probst & the Final 3 Discuss the Survivor 46 Finale”

  1. While one may not like Maria’s choice, it is wrong to say that it was incorrect. Even though Maria’s reasons for voting for Kenzie were not great, the Charlie fans also seem to be overly dramatic… Did Charlie overwhelmingly win the game? No. Wasn’t Kenzie the likely winner? No. Ultimately, Charlie only managed to win the hearts of 3 out of the 8 jurors. It is not appropriate to criticize the jurors’ personal choices as if they voted incorrectly.

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