‘Survivor’ 36: Jeff Probst reveals reason for no ‘Ghost Island’ on March 28 episode ‘Fate is the Homie’

If you tuned in to “Survivor: Ghost Island” on Wednesday, you were left wondering why the show did not live up to its name as there was no side-trip to Ghost Island. Does that mean this twist in the game is done for this season? Not so fast. Turns out that there can be too much of a good thing.

Host Jeff Probst offers up an explanation for why this element of the Emmy-winning reality competition series was not included in episode six, “Fate is the Homie.” There simply was not enough time to include this additional game play in an episode in which two tribes became three. In an interview with EW, he details the rationale to drop the action on Ghost Island thus: “The single biggest hurdle we currently have with our show is fitting everything into the hour. It’s a great problem to have, but it is an obstacle for sure.”

As he elaborates, “We never know if the reality on the beaches will be the big story or if the challenge will produce some game-changing moment or if Tribal will be intense and long. So you can’t plan it like you would a scripted show with each act having every moment already written.”

However, Probst assures fans that we will be back on Ghost Island soon. “Yes, we missed it this week due to the three-tribe switch, but I can say that Ghost Island plays all the way through to the end.” He even drills down into the development process for this installment of the franchise. “Every element of Ghost Island was planned out. We know which episodes someone will get a shot at playing a game and which ones won’t and we know what advantages they will be playing for. We designed it with an idea toward what we want in the game at any given time.”

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