‘Survivor: Game Changers’: Jeff Probst explains why Boston Rob isn’t among cast

Knowing that “Survivor: Game Changers” was bringing back 20 of the game’s best players, did you tune in to the premiere on Wednesday expecting to see “Boston Rob” Mariano? Even though he has appeared on four previous editions of this CBS reality-competition series, he wasn’t asked to be in the cast of this one. Host Jeff Probst thinks that this fan favorite would have taken a pass on playing the game again.

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Marciano made his mark with his first appearance on the show in its fourth season, “Survivor: Marquesas.” Despite playing a highly skilled game, he was the first person voted out of the merged tribe in episode seven. He returned four seasons later for his revenge in “Survivor: All-Stars”  but instead found love with rival contestant Amber Brkich. They got engaged on the live 2004 finale, which she won over him. They married in 2005 and have four daughters.

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Marciano was a star of the season 20 edition, “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” in 2010. After clashing with his fiercest rivals, he was the eighth castaway voted off the island. He became the first person to appear on four seasons of the show when he signed on for season 22, “Survivor: Redemption Island,” in 2011. Marciano persevered and finally won the competition.  And says Probst, “once you won, it’s very tough.”

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However, that hasn’t stopped Sandra Diaz-Twine, who won both “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” and “Survivor: Pearl Islands” back in 2003 from coming back for more. She was a highlight of the first episode of “Survivor: Game Changers.” Do you think she will go all the way again?

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Get a closer look at the Season 34 contestants by clicking through our cast photo gallery. In our “Survivor” predictions center, you get to answer the following questions before each episode airs on CBS every Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.:

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