contestant Zeke Smith as transgender in this week's episode.
But the veteran player insists that context behind his invasive question at Tribal Council was much clearer in the unedited footage.
Almost 17 years ago to the day, 16 men and women traveled to the South China Sea to play out the adventure of a lifetime. I really do believe that a lot of people who don't watch Survivor would love it.
Nearly two full decades later, Survivor rages on, albeit a long way away from Borneo. In the last two years, I've probably had five new friends who have come into my life and have decided to watch Survivor, having never watched before.
The 34-year-old sailed through the pre-merge by helping his tribe win Immunity Challenges and by making bonds with the likes of Andrea Boehlke, Zeke Smith, Sarah Lacina, and Debbie Wanner.
When he got to the merge, battle lines were drawn as Cirie Fields joined their coalition, Debbie flipped to the other side and Zeke orchestrated a plan to turn on the group.
But when we introduced him at the live finale for as far as bringing entertainment value to the show.The cutthroat competition has played out all over the world, has featured hundreds of competitors across 34 seasons, and has seen more than a few twists thrown in along the way. Fair questions for the uninitiated, but for the Survivor faithful, the proof of the twisting-and-turning social strategy experiment lies in the hundreds of episodes that have come before. I have it from people who genuinely don't know it's still on. I don't watch TV." Then I'll say, "Right, OK." When [The Daily Show With Jon Stewart] was still on, I used to say, "Do you watch Jon Stewart? I imagine it must be like listening to someone speaking in a foreign language. Across it all, through multiple schools of thought on how to approach the game, at least one constant remains: Jeff Probst, who has hosted Survivor since the days of Rowdy Rudy's Diner. As Survivor hits the impressive (and rare) milestone 500, Probst sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a candid conversation about the show, including his explanation for its longevity, the creative approach to arcing out each episode of the series, what to expect from Every Survivor fan has at least one story in common: the time when somebody who doesn't watch the show came up and asked, "Is that show still on? And then I have it from people you can tell are trying to take a shot at me. " And they would go, "Oh, I love that show." And I would go, "Oh, so you do watch TV! These days, Probst serves as executive producer and showrunner, presiding over Survivor as it reaches its milestone 500th episode with the March 8 premiere of Survivor: Game Changers — only the fourth season in the show's history to feature a full-fledged cast of returning players. You're just trying to let me know you don't watch Survivor." (Laughs.) But I get it. If you don't watch Survivor, it must be the weirdest conversation for people to be having around you: "What about Russell?