It can be a tragic day certainly if Jeff Probst ever decides to go away Survivor’s — although it seems he as soon as did give up the show.
But whereas he would positively depart some massive sneakers to fill, we do assume it is doable the show might go on with out him if CBS and the manufacturing group discover the correct host. It would not be simple — they must have an encyclopedic data of the sport, be charismatic and pleasant but additionally powerful, and never too goofy. The position does demand a specific amount of gravitas.
With that in thoughts, listed below are our prime 5 picks for who might take over Probst’s torch-snuffer.
Boston Rob Mariano
This one feels actually apparent. No one apart from Probst himself is aware of the sport higher than Boston Rob. He has performed the sport 5 occasions, plus appeared on “Island of the Idols” as a mentor for the gamers. He additionally competed on two seasons of The Amazing Race along with his spouse, Amber Brkich Mariano, whom he met on Survivor: All-Stars.
In reality, throughout “Winners at War,” after the ultimate battle-back problem that eradicated each the Marianos for good, he credited Survivor with giving him all the pieces he has in his life. And in a behind-the-scenes interview from Ponderosa, Rob and Amber talked about their love story.
“I really like our story. I really like that I’ve such a novel story to inform. One day we’re gonna have such a terrific story to inform our grandchildren,” mentioned Brkich Mariano.
Boston Rob added, “I really like this sport, it is given a lot to me, however I understand that now I’ve gotten all the pieces I wished out of it. I’m so appreciative of all the pieces, however it is time to go. … Survivor will at all times be part of us and our story.”
And Brkich Mariano added that them taking part in collectively on “Winners at War” was the “good ending” to their story.
All of that could be true, however we surprise if CBS got here calling, would Boston Rob head out to Fiji for 12 weeks to movie back-to-back seasons as the brand new host? Or possibly he might persuade the show to not movie seasons again to again anymore so he would not be away from Amber and their 4 daughters for therefore lengthy.
Either means, he’d be a terrific alternative.
This could also be a shock since we’ve not seen Boehlke on the show since “Game Changers” in 2017, however this three-time participant is a good alternative as a result of she has such a plethora of internet hosting expertise and he or she’s extremely charismatic and telegenic.
Look, being a number shouldn’t be simple. Probst positively needed to discover his sea legs within the early seasons, even when he now makes it look extremely simple. But it takes a whole lot of consideration, quick-thinking, and a wholesome stability of take care of the gamers, and the flexibility to stir the pot to be an efficient Survivor host.
Boehlke started internet hosting “People Now,” an leisure program for People journal, in 2015, and in 2020, she launched “People in 10” for the journal, a digital show that airs Thursdays at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.
We assume Boehlke could be a dynamic host for Survivor.
Cesternino is a two-time Survivor participant who was well-liked with viewers due to his good humorousness and affable character. He has additionally been internet hosting a podcast, “Rob Has a Podcast,” that primarily focuses on strategy-based actuality TV for 10 years, so his data of Survivor and different exhibits like it’s virtually unparalleled.
The solely disadvantage to Cesternino is that he hasn’t really appeared on Survivor because the first all-stars season again in 2004, so followers might not be overly accustomed to him anymore. But CBS might simply remedy that drawback by doing a particular main as much as his inaugural season that highlights the 2 seasons he performed after which the truth that he is a Survivor knowledgeable because of his love of the sport and his podcast.
This is a complete darkhorse decide as a result of Cole hasn’t been seen within the Survivor-verse for fairly a very long time, however he was an extremely well-liked participant with each his fellow castaways and the viewers. He isn’t any stranger to show enterprise as a result of he’s an completed musician and composer and he even has some internet hosting expertise — he hosted a particular for the TV Guide Network within the lead-up to Survivor: China.
We don’t know if he would even have an interest and the truth that he has two younger daughters may preclude him from saying sure, however we expect he’d be a terrific alternative.
This is one other darkhorse decide — most followers in all probability don’t keep in mind Chelsea Walker (sorry, Chelsea). She solely performed one season of Survivor, “Island of the Idols,” and was voted out fourth.
But that can also be one thing that works in her favor — followers could not have robust emotions about her. It’s laborious to be universally appreciated, so any previous contestant who’s picked can have his or her haters. Walker in all probability will not. And she presently hosts IMDB’s Survivor Live After Show, so she has some internet hosting expertise.
Survivor hopes to movie season 41 within the spring of 2021 for a fall 2021 premiere.