Jeff Probst on episode 9 of 'Survivor: One World'

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Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: One World.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: While I can’t help but hammer Jay for choosing chicken wings over a chance for a million dollars, I also don’t get why people who clearly are in power also telegraph their moves and motives by accepting food instead of continuing on in a challenge. Everything you do has the potential to tip off your opponents, and yet the majority of contestants always take the food. What is wrong with these people, Jeff?
JEFF PROBST: Never having played, here’s all I can offer…. I am guessing it comes down to fulfilling our basic needs of which food is a major one! That need and the desire for food must trump everything else and you just simply don’t care, you just want the donuts!  You feel you’re in a powerful enough position that you can afford the risk and you don’t have the willpower to push through. This is one area that I feel pretty confident I would play for immunity every time. No matter how strong my alliance or how empty my belly. I’m here for one reason — to win. Period. Giving up a shot at immunity is never worth the risk of being voted out.

Outside of her milk and cupcake detour, Kim appears to have some serious game when it comes to plotting things out and covering her tracks. Where at this point does Kim stack up as a Survivor strategist?
Only time will tell as Kim still has a long ways to go to deserve inclusion as a great strategist — but I’d say at this point it’s her game to lose because in addition to being a smart player, she has the charm. Nobody else out there has that combination of very good strategy and an ability to deliver an execution with a smile and get away with it. Her biggest problem is going to be somebody realizing that and voting her out. I’d even go so far as to say the only people that can’t win this game right now is Christina. She just doesn’t have the respect of the other people in the game. I actually think anybody else left — depending on whom they are lined up against — could have a shot.

So, what did you think of Troyzan’s Jeff Probst impersonation at the Do it Yourself reward challenge? Personally, I found his play-by-play to be somewhat lacking. Think your job is still safe?
This made me laugh. People don’t appreciate that I went to play-by-play school for six years and still take refresher courses each winter. The play-by-play that I do is clearly the most important element of the show and I never take it for granted. For instance, I’ve been working on a new line that I want to start using when a challenge is really close. “It’s a tight one.” It probably sounds simple — but that’s one of the keys. Keep it simple, stupid. I’ve been working on it for a while and I feel that four words offers the right “melody” and I can really have fun with it — by yelling it at times or even going really quiet if it’s an endurance challenge. I may bring it out in S25.

Hit us up with a big tease for next week’s episode, sir!
After braving the elements for 25 days, the tribe gets a break from camp life to bid on chocolate and peanut butter, a luxurious shower, and letters from loved ones back home at the Survivor Auction.

For more from the host, check out Jeff’s Tout page. To read Dalton’s recap, click right here. To watch an exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode, simply watch the video player below. And for more Survivor scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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