Somehow those khaki shorts and double-pocketed, button-down shirts Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst has been wearing for almost 15 years now just don’t get old. Rain or shine, Probst’s chiseled grin and call-it-as-it-is questioning continue to keep the series fresh and entertaining, as well as in top rankings. We recently put the Emmy winner in the hot seat to answer some of our standard 7 Questions.
1. You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose?
Jeff Probst: Fast Times, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter
2. If your TV carried just three shows or networks, what would they be (and you can’t say Survivor)?
House of Cards, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones
3. What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
Protein powder, apples and trail mix.
4. What’s a movie you can watch over and over again?
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
5. When it comes to the challenges that get repeated from season to season (auction, eating challenge, family visits), what’s most fun for you and why? I actually like all three of your examples. The auction is fun because it’s a test of willpower and it’s often a win-win, which is rare on Survivor. The eating challenges are just fun — so fun. And the family visits are always touching and remind me, and I think a lot of viewers, how important family truly is for all of us.
6. What is the environmental footprint you leave behind once done in a filming location? Do you have to cut down a lot of trees in order to build the tribal council area and challenge locations? We always make agreements with the local government to leave the location nicer than we found it. So if we have to cut down some trees in an area, we will replant new ones. We take great pride in treating any environment as though it was our own backyard … because it is!
7. Could you tell us a little bit about the filming schedule when it comes to weather — are you on a consistent schedule (rain or shine) or can you adjust for inclement weather (considering safety for some of the challenges)? We shoot nonstop, no matter what. The show starts on day one and finishes 39 days later. We do not cancel anything due to weather and we do not give contestants a heads up that it might rain. Obviously, if it was an extreme, life-threatening weather situation, then all bets are off and we would absolutely take action to ensure their safety.