'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst reveals that was not the first time he visited Shamar at the Fans camp

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Image credit: Monty Brinton/CBS

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had people that have been seriously hurt and needed to be evacuated from the game, and others that maybe used not feeling well as an excuse to leave a game they were no longer prepared to play. Obviously Shamar’s eye injury ended up being serious enough that medical recommend he be pulled, but given his previous inclination towards quitting, when you were on your way out to the tribe camp, did you think maybe it was a case of someone looking for a way out?
JEFF PROBST: Being completely honest, yes. It went through my head because I had already visited Shamar a few days earlier (which we didn’t air) and he really seemed to want to go home, but his tribe talked him into staying. So when I got the call that he needed to see medical I was already speculating about the situation. But when I arrived it was clear his eye was injured, and when it comes to vision, you can’t take any risks. The call from the doctors to pull him from the game was an easy one to make. Whether he was secretly relieved, only he truly knows. 

EW: Six challenges so far this season and not a single puzzle among them! Please note this is not a complaint. But what gives?
PROBST: YOU! That’s what gives. You’ve been on our butt for years that we do too many puzzles. We finally listened.

EW: Well, thank you for that! So where exactly did you find this peppy local bushman Tata? And please tell me arrangements are already underway to bring him to the finale/reunion in May.
PROBST: He’s a local. The real deal. Based on his one appearance, he’s already a Survivor legend. I want to bring him back every season. If we had more time we could have shown you how he flirted with the female Survivors. He was really a hoot, but full of so many cool ideas!

EW:  Looks like Hantz side is coming out again soon. What can you tell us about what to expect with next week’s explosion?
PROBST: Hang on, a storm is coming. Don’t DVR. People will be talking. In a word — historic.

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

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