Remember when the “Survivor” reunion show was a full hour? Ahh, those were the days. The post-finale reunion used to be a place for the players to air their grievances, recall their favorite moments and get emotional about their time on the island with host Jeff Probst. However, over the years the “Survivor” reunion has slowly been snuffed out before our eyes. Should CBS bring back the hour-long reunion show, or do you much prefer this newer condensed version? Vote in our poll below.
Wednesday’s “Edge of Extinction” reunion show, for example, didn’t even begin until 25 minutes past 10:00 p.m. when Jeff read the jury votes live on air. (For the record, Chris Underwood won with nine votes compared to four for runner-up Gavin Whitson and zero for third place finisher Julie Rosenberg). When you add in all of the commercial breaks and the preview trailer for next season’s “Survivor: Island of the Idols,” that only left about 15 minutes for Probst to dish Season 38 with its castaways.
Of the 18 contestants who appeared on stage (including Keith Sowell and Wendy Diaz, who both voluntarily left Extinction Island), Probst only had time to talk to a handful of them. He of course spoke with Chris about winning the game and whether he and Rick Devens would remain friends after Chris ousted him, and he also checked in with past castaways David Wright, Kelley Wentworth and Aubry Bracco. The fourth returnee, Joe Anglim, got a special one-on-one interview earlier in the program.
Probst briefly addressed several others, including Julie about her newfound toughness, Gavin on his obsession with “Survivor,” Reem Daly about her brutal first night on the Edge of Extinction, how Wendy’s Tourette’s syndrome inspires people, Ron Clark on being a villain, Julia Carter about making peace with her deceased father, and how Lauren O’Connell pulled a Joe by passing out during a challenge.
Fan favorite Rick even got a special prize of $100,000 from pop star Sia, an admitted “Survivor” superfan. “Thank you Sia! We’ll be swinging from the chandelier for sure,” Rick told Gold Derby on the red carpet following the truncated reunion show. Click here to watch our fun exit interview with the Georgia newscaster.