'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst breaks down the Fans tribe

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Jeff Probst has defended the Favorites coming back to play Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS) as good players. He has explained when they first decided to bring Malcolm back, and opined that Brandon Hantz was indeed psychologically stable enough to return. He even told us which returning players would not come back to play again for this season. But we have not heard his take on some of the newbies who will be making up the tribe of Fans. Until now. I asked Probst to pick out some of the new faces we should be keeping an eye on, and here’s who he picked and what he said about each:

SHAMAR THOMAS
“Shamar is a former Marine who is kind of infamous for being involved with Occupy Wall Street. You can find him on YouTube. He’s a guy who stood up to the police. He’s a very big guy physically. And I think he sees himself as a martyr. That was my take. I am a martyr for the United States of America. I will do anything I need to make this country a better, safer place, even if it comes at my own expense. So that was my take on him going into the game —  a very big personality that people are either going to absolutely adore like a big teddy bear or be turned off by because he’s got too much bravado. That’s his question. And he certainly sees himself as a very approachable, likable guy that will protect you. He’s a protector. That’s the label I would give him.”

MATT BISCHOFF
“I love Matt. He’s a mountain biker guy. He’s tatted up, real alternative looking, and so likable out of the gate. Instantly I think people are going to root for him. He’s got a great head on his shoulders. He approaches people with empathy and yet he’s in a game where sooner or later the empathy is going to get you or your gonna get rid of it. And I think people are going to like him.”

SHERRI BIETHMAN
“Sherri, is like, 40, married, an entrepreneur, attractive, loves to flirt, has built her own businesses. She’s out here and she’s not really someone we’ve had on before — a woman that is successful in business, is a mom, has a loyal marriage and wouldn’t hesitate to flirt with a younger guy if it gets her further. And her husband is all about it! When we were getting ready to start the show, some people will read The Bible, some people will read a survival journal, she was reading Fifty Shades of Grey.”

EDDIE FOX
“There’s this guy Eddie from New Jersey. He’s a firefighter/EMT with the greatest smile, ripped body. He’s east coast all the way. The minute you meet him you know you could have him over for dinner and he wouldn’t embarrass you. You know he would throw himself in front of a truck for you, and you know if he gets to the end he will get the money because of that, because he’s just likable.”

MICHAEL SNOW
“Michael Snow is a super fan. He’s a corporate event planner and again, a guy I have never really seen on the show He’s really positive, loves the show, loves the devilishness of the show and can’t wait to play. And he gets it. He knows how to play the game. And they’re all wondering, are they going to be separated? And everyone is very apprehensive about what the new twist will be or if there will be a new twist this year.”

LAURA ALEXANDER
“Laura Alexander is very bright. The question is, is she too bright for her own britches? She calls herself a smart, hot chick, which she says are very rare. She’s got a great opinion of herself and she definitely knows the game. There is no question the fans know how to play Survivor and they are ready to give the Favorites a full-on run for their money.”

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