CBS ‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Says This Is the Most Epic Move a Contestant Ever Made
Fans of Survivor have been watching the series since its very first season nearly two decades ago — and Jeff Probst has been the iconic narrator through it all. From his commentary during challenges to his infamous one-liners during Tribal Council, Probst has seen the highest highs and lowest lows that have ever occurred on the series. And while many fans may suspect Probst would remain impartial to his favorite players and moments, he’s shared his unfiltered opinions in the past.
So, what move did a player make during Survivor gameplay that Probst thinks is the most epic to ever happen? Here’s what he’s said.
Jeff Probst makes special mention of Parvati playing 2 idols during Heroes vs. Villains
There’s no doubt Probst has seen some epic game-time decisions play out at Tribal Council, but during an interview in 2016 where he was answering fan questions, he named the most memorable move he’s ever seen. “The one that comes up a lot is Parvati playing two idols at one Tribal and flipping the game. That’s a pretty epic move and that’s probably still my best because it was an individual move, she had kept so much of it secret, she knew exactly when to do it, and she really did take over the game,” he said.
For reference, Probst is referring to a moment in Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains. Parvati was on the Villains tribe pre-merge, and going into Tribal Council on Episode 10, there was a deadlock of 5 vs. 5 between one hero, J.T., and one villain, Jerri. Parvati gave her two idols to her Villain friends, Sandra and Jerri, without letting anyone else know that was her plan. This move got J.T. voted off the island without him ever seeing it coming — and it also made everyone else realize that Parvati was a serious contender in the game.
Parvati still stands as one of his favorite players, too
Parvati has been on multiple seasons of Survivor and manages to be a standout player on each one — and that’s certainly not lost on Probst. Not only has she won the grand $1 million prize in the past, but she’s also gotten far in her other seasons thanks to her devious gameplay and manipulative strategies. And Probst himself has mentioned how much he enjoys watching her play, blindside, and move swiftly past all of the other contestants.
When TV Insider asked Probst about his favorite players back in 2015, Parvati came up. “I love Parvati because of the bold way she uses her greatest strength, which is despite the fact that I know she’s going to flirt with me and make me think I am the only man in the room, she knows I will still fall for it. That is the power of a woman,” he said. Probst also added that she has a serious knack for making good strategic plays and she’s a threat in challenges, making her an excellent player overall.
Probst also loves this epic immunity idol move Parvati was a part of
There’s no doubt Parvati owns one of the most epic hidden immunity idol moves ever played in the game, but there was another move she helped with that Survivor fans will never forget. During Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites, CBS reminds us the “Black Widow” alliance, which was made up of Parvati, Cirie, Amanda, and Natalie, convinced the young and naive Erik to give up immunity he won from the challenge in order to stay in their favor. When he gave up immunity at Tribal and gave it to them, however, the alliance immediately voted him out.
Probst noted Erik’s decision is considered to be one of the dumbest in Survivor history. “Erik was young. He came from a small town where people typically meant what they said. He was a bit more naïve and trusting than most, and he was pitted against four very smart and calculating women,” Probst added.
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