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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst weighs in on Ciera and Monica's big moves


Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of
Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I can see why Ciera voted out her mom to stay with the majority and not make waves. What I’m more interested in is your take on Ciera basically asking her mom to throw the challenge at the final 6 and not win immunity because she would then feel vulnerable. Would you ever ask a loved one to do that or agree to do that if a loved one asked you?
JEFF PROBST: I think Ciera is showing herself to be much more shrewd than I first thought. Or she’s learning as she goes. Or maybe both. I think Ciera’s gut is right. Laura is a major threat. She just seems unbeatable and the only way she lasts to the end is to win, win, win. So Ciera is looking long term. If we want a shot at the money, you have to fall on the sword. To wait only increases the odds that Ciera gets voted out. If Ciera can show her alliance she’s with them, she might buy herself another Tribal. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Jeff Probst says there will 'definitely' be another Blood vs. Water season


We have good news if you are a fan of Survivor‘s current Blood vs. Water season that features returning players competing with/against loved ones: There’s more to come. That’s according to Survivor host Jeff Probst, who called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to chat about the longtime reality hit. And now you can hear the entire conversation right here and right now on the InsideTV Podcast.

When I asked Probst if this Blood vs. Water idea was one we might see again at some point, he wasted no time affirming that this concept will not be a one season and done outing. However, according to Probst, when they do bring it back, there could be a few changes. “Definitely somewhere down the line,” Probst said about another loved ones season. “We’re experimenting now with some casting ideas of how we can do it again and what’s the next version of it. Do you need returning players, or could you bring fresh couples? So we’re looking at all kinds of ideas.” READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Jeff Probst calls Typhoon Haiyan devastation 'heartbreaking'

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Before we get into the show, I know you all spent a lot of times in the Philippines, shooting four seasons there over the past two years. Tell me your thoughts upon hearing about the tragedy with Typhoon Haiyan. 
JEFF PROBST: Over the last two years I’ve spent nearly eight months in the Philippines. Some of the nicest, hardest working and most humble people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Seeing this devastation is truly heartbreaking. You feel simultaneously helpless to contribute in any significant way and grateful to be home safe and sound with your own family. CBS is being very active in helping raise awareness and support. Survivor is also being very active in doing our own internal fund raising and I would imagine we will somehow involve the live reunion show as well.  READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Jeff Probst and former contestants to help raise money for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines


Survivor
host Jeff Probst and some of the show’s contestants that competed in the Philippines are now doing their part to help raise money for the country that was hammered by Typhoon Haiyan. Probst and former players like Lisa Whelchel, John Cochran, Malcolm Freberg, Phillip Sheppard, and Jonathan Penner will be participating in a CBS television stations – Red Cross fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that will be taking place on CBS-owned TV stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Probst and the contestants will be speaking and answering phones to raise money for the American Red Cross relief effort. In addition, Probst is recording a Red Cross PSA for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that will air immediately after Wednesday’s episode of Survivor and direct people to the Red Cross to donate. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Was the last 'Survivor' duel fair? John Cody weighs in

It was double trouble last night on Survivor: Blood vs. Water as two people were eliminated from the game when they lost the final pre-merge duel at Redemption Island. But was that final duel — in which the contestants had to put their feet in tiny footholds while hanging onto a pole to support all their weight for as long as possible — fair? We asked the eliminated man with the size 12-and-a-half feet — John Cody — his thoughts when he called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), and now you can hear the entire thing on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says Gervase is 'in it to win it'


Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of
Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Every time I see a challenge or duel involving footholds, I think to myself: The guy with the big feet is not winning this. Have you all explored the idea of altering the footholds to match people’s shoe size —  similar to what you do with challenges in which people only have to hold up a certain percentage of their body weight? Or is it just tough noogies.
JEFF PROBST: My initial response is tough noogies, but as with all Dalton Ross suggestions — this one will be put into our creative fishbowl for upcoming seasons. As with all of your ideas, it will go through the agreed upon vetting process, overseen by the U.S. Reality Challenge Committee Organization that you founded last summer to help Twitter haters find their inner peace through competition. I’d say there is a very likely possibility that nothing will change as a result of your demand, but as always, that last comment of mine ( I’d say there is a very likely possibility that nothing will change as a result of your demand) will be scrutinized by our sub-committee (also overseen by you) for bias. If bias is found, it may result in my termination as host and subsequent replacement by former contestant Jenna Morasca — your side kick on EW MORNING LIVE, heard weekday mornings on SIRIUSXM satellite radio. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Brothers Aras and Vytas discuss the game so far -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Before this season of Survivor: Blood vs. Water began, I tweeted out that my pre-game interview with Aras and Vytas Baskuaskas was the most impressive I had ever done. So in that sense, it is not surprising they both made it to the merge, which happens on tonight’s episode. But when you consider all they have been through to this point — Aras being targeted by former alliance partner Tyson; Vytas being the sole male on the Galang tribe — it was by no means a given they would make it this far. But they did. And now, in an EW.com exclusive, the brothers talk about their journey so far in the game and how they made it to this point. Plus, to spice things up, we have some exclusive photos of the first post-merge challenge for you — photos that appear to be strategically cropped so we do not see who made it back into the game from Redemption Island. (Click through all 4 pages to read the entire Q&A and see all the exclusive photos.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Vytas, your strategy at Galang seemed to be to let the weak links emerge and do themselves in. Was there ever a consideration towards targeting Tina and Katie as the tribe’s single “loved ones” pair? 

VYTAS: No. Even though she was not a part of the guy alliance at the original Tadhana, I had made sure to form a good relationship with Katie. I knew that she was my link into the new Galang because her mom would support her. Once Tina embraced me as a confidant of her daughter, that’s when I was safe. It was the mother-daughter pair that kept me alive on Galang so it would’ve been foolish to target them, especially since I knew the merge was coming and Aras and I would need as many other pairs to align with as possible.

NEXT: Click here for more exclusive photos from tonight’s episode and more from Aras and Vytas

InsideTV Podcast: Kat from 'Survivor' says she was 'pissed' Hayden did not take her place at Redemption Island

There was a super awkward scene in last night’s episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water where Kat Edorrson — who had been voted out of her tribe and was set to compete in a duel to stay alive at Redemption Island — flat out told her boyfriend Hayden that she wanted him to swap spots with her. Only one problem: Hayden didn’t want to. Therefore, he didn’t. So how did Kat feel about that after she was eliminated? “After the game, I was PISSED!” she told Jessica Shaw and me when she called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst weighs in on puzzle copying

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I have asked you this before, but in light of Laura blatantly copying off of John’s puzzle at the duel, and Kat not wanting to do it because she viewed it as “cheating,” it seems worth asking again: Why not put blinders up so contestants can not copy off of each other during puzzles, especially since it can give the person closer to the completed one (in this case, Laura) an advantage?
JEFF PROBST: Complicated question and answer. Historically we have used them more times than not. But then there are certain puzzles where cheating just doesn’t help because the puzzle is so complicated that by the time you realize what your opponent is doing, it’s too late. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding whether we use one or not. As to the fairness issue — that comes down to the luck of the draw (we always draw for spots) or in the case of Redemption Island — it’s the order in which you arrive at Redemption. We always fall back on the idea that this is their world. We strive to let them make up as many rules as we can. In the end, how you play the game will determine your outcome as you still have to get people to vote for you in order to win.  READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Brad Culpepper defends 'Survivor' strategy

He formed a power alliance right out of the gate, but then broke up that power alliance and subsequently got powered right out of the game. However, Survivor Blood vs. Water’s Brad Culpepper insists there is another level to his strategy that people are not seeing, and that all of his actions were not to benefit him, but rather his wife Monica’s game. The ousted contestant called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to discuss his controversial run on the reality program — a run that saw one person curse him out, another flip him off, and another stage a Tribal Council coup to remove him from the tribe. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst addresses the big challenge whoopsie

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So you switched up the tribes this week. Tell me your initial impressions of the new tribes as soon as each were formed. Were you hoping for more couples — like Tina and Katie — to end up on the same tribe to see how that dynamic played out?
JEFF PROBST:
Honestly… and I know you sometimes doubt my authenticity, I stopped “hoping” for results years ago. I truly don’t give it a thought. We put the buffs out, we let them pick which one we want and we play it out. This dates back to the All-Star season when we did a switch and Amber was the only person who had to switch tribes and by all accounts she was dead in the water. We felt so bad for her, it seemed so unfair…. Amber won the season. So, having said that — my initial response was “once again the reality gods are looking out for us.” The division of tribes was so lopsided in so many ways that it completely shook up the game and that is all you could ask for of a switch. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Candice says 'I basically lost my mind' on 'Survivor'

The third time was definitely not the charm for Candice Cody (formerly Woodcock). She returned to play again alongside her husband John for Survivor: Blood vs. Water, yet found herself voted out of her tribe mere minutes into the game. Yet the threepeat offender managed to last all the way to day 11 due to her dominance at Redemption Island. However, her skill/luck finally ran out, losing to hubby John and arch-nemesis Brad Culpepper in a duel. Candice called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this morning to talk all about it. And there was a lot to talk about. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst weighs in on the latest blindside

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: A few weeks back we saw Tyson offer to take his girlfriend Rachel’s place at Redemption Island if she wanted, and she told him to stay put. This week, Monica asked to take husband Brad’s spot and he declined. Do you think these offers to switch are genuine, or are they simply for show, counting on the fact that their spouse would never ask them to sacrifice themselves like that?
JEFF PROBST: I think it’s a good question. My hunch is that nobody really wants to give up their spot. For instance, I don’t think Rupert really wanted his wife to accept his offer to switch, but he gets so caught up in being Rupert that he sometimes makes decisions that don’t always make the most sense. As for everybody else that has offered to switch thus far, they are probably desperately hoping their loved one declines the offer. It just takes so much to get on the show, I gotta believe they all want to play. That’s why that twist is so fun because it really does force you to “put up or shut up.” READ FULL STORY

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