Survivor did something very unexpected. For the first time since 2000, the host Jeff Probst revealed their winner at the Finale Tribal Council in Fiji. That means there’s no live reunion back in Los Angeles afterward. Fans might be shocked by this news. The live reunion is done so that the winner won’t be leaked before the season airs. Due to COVID-19 though this wasn’t an option. Having taken into consideration these trying times, the show decided it was best to announce the winners right then and there.
Jeff Probst explains more as to why this is the case
Probst talked more about this to Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross. He said:
“Yes, we faced our own dilemma when it came to deciding how to handle the Finale Tribal Council and the reveal of the winner. But this was more risk versus risk! Should we risk it and do what we always do in the hopes we can do a live finale back in the states? Or do we risk it and announce the winner in the jungles of Fiji and hope the secret stays a secret?” Was it worth the risk of announcing it at the Finale Tribal Council? He asks the interviewer “What would you do?”
Times were tough but Survivor is tougher making sure fans are able to watch their favorite show no matter the struggles along the way. Due to COVID-19 it must have been very difficult to decide how the show would be done.
Covid-19 makes Survivor really consider their options
It is confirmed that both Season 41 and 42 winners were revealed at the Finale Tribal Council in Fiji for their respective seasons. Many fans remember Probst reading the final votes out of his garage over a Zoom call at the end of last year’s “Winner’s At War.” It was a grim sight for many watching and, with the next seasons, they didn’t want to repeat the incident. COVID-19 has made many TV shows like Survivor really think about how to continue in the safest way possible for both their cast and crew. Was this the right thing to do? Only fans can decide that.
An all-new era of #Survivor starts in 1 week! This season, I'm taking all you armchair players inside the game! Each week I'll reveal a real situation from Survivor 41 & ask, What Would YOU Do? Comment below, then watch how the players handled it. You wanna play? Here's a start! pic.twitter.com/DLfG55D5OR
— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) September 15, 2021
Is there more to expect?
Not only did the final vote take place in Fiji, but so did the reunion itself. It only included the finalist and the jury. Pre-jurors had already gone home by then. That means the reunion took place right after the Final Tribal Council. Not much of a reunion, if it follows immediately after the Final Tribal Council right? But as far as Survivors know there are no plans on having another reunion live from Los Angeles any time soon. One can hope that with restrictions lifted and times become safer, this issue won’t take place again. We can only hope to see the full cast another time for another season!
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