Jeff Probst blogs 'Survivor: Gabon' (episode 3)

Survivorgabon_lWhen it comes to what is good for the show, as producers, we obviously look at it much differently than the Survivors. One of our biggest concerns is hanging onto our best “characters” for as long as possible. That is ultimately what keeps you, our loyal audience, interested. (Side note: Last week, a new study was released that surveyed audience loyalty relating to their favorite television shows. The number one show…the show with the highest viewer loyalty…of every show on television, was Survivor. Seventeen seasons and you are still with us. Thank you for keeping us on the air!) We now resume our regularly scheduled blog…

Unfortunately, we can’t tell the Survivors who to vote for, so all we can do is cross our fingers and hope for the best. After three episodes of Survivor: Gabon, we’re very happy on that front.

First we lost Michelle, then Gillian, and now Paloma. Whew. Relief.Three people who will not be missed. I say that with all due respect tothe aforementioned, although, as my buddy Lopez reminds me, wheneveryou say “with all due respect” you’re actually saying without anyrespect at all. Yes, I am aware that if I keep up this lippy attitudefor the entire season that I may end up buried to my neck in sand atthe live reunion show. The problem is I write these in the afternoon,typically when I’m most hungry and therefore a bit cranky. Not anexcuse, just a fact.

G.C. continues to disappoint…himself. The reward challenge, whichwas called “Kicking and Screaming,” is one of my favorites, butwatching G.C. give up was even more dramatic. His tribe was screamingat him to kick it into high gear. Granted, they are living on extremelysmall rations of rice, so energy is in short supply, but Matty and Dancertainly had energy and they’re living on the same rice. In fact, canI just be candid? I don’t think it’s the end result as much as the lackof effort that frustrates his tribe. G.C.’s heart just doesn’t seem tobe into it. I’m sure he is wondering if he should have given moreeffort. What continues to amaze me is the impact this game has on thehuman psyche. Or vice versa. I can’t be sure which is right. Dalton?

Sugar goes to Exile Island and we learn a bit more about who she isand what drives her. She’s clearly still mourning the loss of herfather, who seems to be providing beautiful inspiration. She finds thehidden immunity idol with very little difficulty. Dan, who was probablywith friends last night watching this episode, must have taken a rationof it from his buddies. She found the idol in twenty minutes, dude!!She smoked you! Ah, Sugar…I told you, I think you’re gonna root for her.

The immunity challenge provided at least one bit of excitement — bikinis! It’s just not Survivorif, at some point, the women are not in bikinis. Am I wrong? Is thatsexist? I’m just saying what people on the street tell me. Just keepin’it reeeel dawg. Why you gotta bring me down? I don’t believe youcritics anyway. I think you like it.

Time for another question: “At this early stage of the game, who areyou pulling for?” Since EW isn’t giving me a space for comments, eventhough I take time out of my extremely hectic and oh-so-important lifeto write this column, go to Dalton’s column and post your answer! [Editor's note: We would never deny Jeff his due comment space, so feel free to post your thoughts below. In fact, we insist!]

So, Fang has turned things around with back-to-back wins. Trust me,Marcus is not happy. He’s a doctor. Did you know that? He just lost toa tribe of misfits, many of whom do not even have college degrees! Noway! Kota now going to feel the after effect of having to vote someoneout. It’s not so fun anymore. Kelly is on the outs for voting againstAce. What will she do? Come on Kelly. Think. What would Lindsay do?Kota needs to get it back together.

Next week has a nice little twist conceived by our resident switchexpert, Dan Munday. I love it when we come up with something new thatcatches them off guard. It’s so hard to do that anymore, so when ithappens we celebrate. We really do. We go back to base camp, pop abottle of champagne, and slap each other on the backs. I’m kidding.There is no hitting on Survivor.

For EW and Dalton Ross,

Poppa J.

Now check out our exclusive deleted scene from ‘Survivor’ and then read Dalton’s recap .

More on ‘Survivor':
The five broadcast TV shows you’re most ‘emotionally attached to’
Photo Gallery: ‘Survivor: Gabon': Meet the Players!
Dalton Ross’s behind-the-scenes video of ‘Survivor: Gabon’
Dalton Ross’s ‘Survivor Talk’ series from last season

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  • Laura

    Yay! I love your blogs, Jeff. For one, when Survivor isn’t on, I miss your pointed looks of exasperation during tribal council and challenges. It’s a part of my regular TV season! But anyway, haven’t quite decided who I’m rooting for yet. I definitely like Sugar, but I was impressed so early last week with the “Onion” alliance getting it together that fast – plus they reminded me of the awesome foursome from Big Brother this last season (DRMK). So I’ll hold off a little longer on who I’m rooting for. But next weeks switch looks awesome. They have to rank the tribe?! That’s going to be AMAZING.

  • Corran

    Hey Jeff thanks for the blog! I will say I kinda miss Michelle just a bit. Her strength could have carried her team, and the hot chick with the nerdy guy bits were some of the best moments in the premiere.

  • freegambla

    The most steep online plays. Honored online plays.
    There is possibility to win the greater money.
    Plays for amateurs and professional.

  • Anne

    Yay, Jeff (J Diddy)! So much fun to be writing to you “directly”. Your blogs are great, but what I love best is the videos you do with Dalton. There should be an MTV prize for best chemistry between a reality TV host and the media who cover the show. You and Dalton would wins hands down! xxxxx

  • Jerami

    Keep up the great work Jeff…I think some of the best moments in survivor is when you ask the right questions to stir the pot at Tribal…you really can get a good feel on whos with who and whos dedicated to who with the facial expressions. The only thing I didn’t like about this week was losing eye candy plus I actually thought she could be a little hellian stirring the pot behind the scenes…guess not. My favorite so far is Corrine…although I think she’s already being considered a power player.

  • billybobsnortin

    I like Randy, Sugar, Marcus, Charlie. Loving this season so far. The (literal) landscape is so aesthetically pleasing. You know, like those shots of Sugar stripping half-naked in the forest.
    Hey Jeff, is anyone going to get fired for that shot of Marcus’s pee pee slipping through the cracks?

  • pobody’s nerfect

    Is it wrong to be pulling for Randy? I like that there is no BS about him. BTW who’s Lindsay as in “what would Lindsay do?”

  • Wes

    Jeff- I appreciate your candid opinion on Michelle, Gillian, and Paloma. Each season there tends to be 3-4 people who are put in just to fill quotas. You had two hot young girls and one older annoying mother (Wanda anyone?).
    As a viewer who has stayed true and watched every episode every Thursday night ( except for March Madness), you appreciate the stronger and more charismatic players then the players who fly under the radar and eventually make it to the final 4. (Courtney + Denise China, Cassandra Fiji UGH, Becky UGHHHH and Sundra Cook Islands, etc) When you learn to appreciate the characters, you start to worry that they are going to get voted out. I was dreading that Ace would go the way of Hunter Ellis or Joel from Micronesia. Ace is a real fun person to watch and either root for or root against.
    Lets hope that either Ace, Marcus, or Randy make the final 4 and not Susie, Sugar, Kelly, and Ken.

  • I Got Soul

    Great blog!!!! This should have been done seasons ago! I’m rooting for Dan to win!

  • John Doe

    Hi Jeff,
    Keep up the great work with the columns.
    I’m rooting for Bob. Ayuh!

  • SPiddy

    Loving the blog, Jeff – a perfect complement to Dalton’s excellent (and witty) recaps. I’m one of those loyal Survivor fans, having missed a total of 2 episodes in 17 seasons, both due to technical malfunctions (sadly, one of them was the Gabon premiere). Congrats on the well-deserved Emmy and please keep up the snippy banter, at tribal and in the blog.

  • MissBumptious

    First, Jeff – I effing love you. You don’t hold back. There, it’s outta my system.
    Second, I’ve got to root for Physics Teacher Guy, since we’re from the same town and he hasn’t completely embarrassed himself yet. Not even going to snark about a certain previous Survivor from my area – and that, my dear Jeff, is how much I love you…
    Anyway, I get a huge kick out of Randy and hope he sticks around a while. He absolutely loathes every living human being, and his overtly contemptuous facial expressions are Great Effing Television.
    As for who I’m rooting for…maybe Charlie (I’m with you, Dalton). He’s so adorable – he’s like a Golden Retriever. That hasn’t been fixed. And that unrequited love should get interesting…

  • Marie

    Hey, Jeff. LOVE YA !!! Congrats on the Emmy!

  • earthbound misfit

    Jeff- Love ya man. What are you going to do after Survivor runs its course? I hope you find some TV project that is worthy of you! I get so tired of the other reality show host that are nothing more than talking heads.
    Good ridance to the WEAK! I hate it when the weaker players fly under the radar. thats B.S. Keep those dang teams switched up more! Don’t let the usual/expected alliances to form. Make it to where EVERYONE thinks they could be on the chopping block. GOD! I am so sick of those weak ass alliances. Break them up for some fun!!

  • thinkworldpeace

    Loving the blog Jeff!!! Sending it to all my survivor friends. We have never missed an episode!!!!!!!! True survivor fans here in Audubon, New Jersey.

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