Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor, revealed on his podcast that he is actually “Survivor Guy.” The show’s creator said he created the alter ego to help him with some tough interviews.
Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor, revealed his alter ego on a recent episode. Survivor Guy is a talk show host who talks about the latest Survivor episodes and gives behind-the-scenes information.
On the opening of Survivor 41, presenter Jeff Probst asked the new castaways whether they thought it was time to abandon his catchphrase “come on in, boys.” You should see how he greets the contestants at each immunity challenge.
Probst eventually chose to drop that line in favor of something more inclusive. After the season premiere, Entertainment Weekly talked with Probst about the topic, and he revealed something intriguing, if not a little strange: he has an alter ego known as “Survivor Guy.”
“You chose to alter your signature challenge opening line, removing the term “guys,” after discussing it with the contestants,” EW questioned Probst. While I applaud the change, there is one part of the equation that has yet to be addressed: Will you continue to stare down at your feet when you urge the players to “Come on in”?
And here is what he had to say about it:
I’m pleased you inquired. Yes, I’m going to keep staring at my feet. And I suppose I’ll eventually explain why I do it. Wow, I didn’t expect to be that forthcoming. I’m a little choked up since this is very personal, but bear with me. All the magic occurs when I glance down at my feet for a short time, since that’s when I connect with my strong alter ego and guide, known simply as “Survivor Guy.”
Years ago, while shooting the fourth season of Survivor Guy in the Marquesas Islands, Survivor Guy approached me. I was sitting alone on an island in the middle of a torrential downpour. I did this on a daily basis since I’ve always been a method host and wanted to understand what the players were going through. I recall seeing a rat run by, and suddenly Survivor Guy came out of nowhere right in front of me.
Surprisingly, he resembled myself, although much colder. He was dressed in animal skins, with much longer hair, many strange tattoos, and a feather necklace. “Jeff, I am Survivor Guy…,” he said to me for the first time. I’m your alter ego, and if you accept what I have to give, I can make your Survivor existence better than it’s ever been.”
We sat for the next six hours while he told me stories about his life in the forest. I’ll be honest, I don’t recall much of it since I was freezing. Despite the fact that his tales appeared totally impossible, it was obvious that he was extremely sincere.
“I must go,” he murmured as the sun started to rise. “I’m required elsewhere.” He began to stroll away, then began a leisurely pace before leaping up as if he were about to fly away, like a bird. Instead, he barely gained about six inches of air, tripped a little, and then continued going until he vanished into the forest. Survivor Guy is still my Survivorspirit animal today.
Survivor Guy is my guide. I’m informed by Survivor Guy. At Tribal Council, Survivor Guy actually asks me the questions. Survivor Guy is also responsible for some of the most famous phrases in television history, such as “Got nothing for you” and “Worth playing for?” He even taught me a few new lines for this season, such as “Sorry for you.” I’m still working on the delivery, but I think it’ll be a hit.
I have no idea where he came from or where he now resides, but I will tell you this: he is my superhero. Without Survivor Guy, I’d be lost.
I believe Probst ate some mushrooms he discovered growing in Fiji on that particular day, but hey, I’m here for “Survivor Guy.”
On the Entertainment Weekly website, you may read more about the interview.
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