Jeff Probst Doesn’t Cut His Hair Through ‘Survivor’ Season 41 or 42, Talks ‘Impressive Mullet’

Fans following Survivor Season 41 can’t help but notice more than a few changes. In addition to the many new twists and turns added into the game, Survivor host Jeff Probst is also sporting a new look. He spoke in an interview regarding the longer hairstyle he’s sporting in the new season — and he noted it doesn’t change until the end of Survivor Season 42. Here’s what Probst had to say.

‘Survivor’ Season 41 follows intense coronavirus protocol

Jeff Probst in the middle of a challenge, watching the Luvu Tribe on 'Survivor' Season 41
Jeff Probst on ‘Survivor’ Season 41 | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

Host Jeff Probst promised Survivor Season 41 would be unlike any other season the show’s had so far. While past seasons had contestants playing the game for 39 days, the new coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol had season 41 contestants playing for only 26 days. Because of the shorter gameplay, Probst promised more twists, more turns, and tougher gameplay than ever before.

Survivor 41 will birth a new era of Survivor with a faster, more dangerous, and much more intense game,” Probst said, according to Parade. “We really leaned into having fun with this season and the best kind of Survivor fun is the dangerous kind.”

The show followed additional coronavirus protocol as well to ensure the safety of the contestants and the production team. “We worked with the Fiji government to create what was essentially a large bubble that consisted of several islands — including tribe camps, challenge locations, Tribal Council, and base camp,” Probst explained to Entertainment Weekly. “This extended bubble would be our home for the next many months. Once every crew member and player had quarantined for 14 days and received a negative test, we were able to move freely between those islands, with no risk, because it was only our crew and we were all safe.”  

Jeff Probst said he doesn’t cut his hair until the end of ‘Survivor’ Season 42

Viewers watching Survivor Season 41 noticed Jeff Probst’s long hair. And he’s well-aware of his new style as well. “[My] hair is longer because like so many of us, I didn’t get it cut during COVID,” Probst told Entertainment Weekly. “And as it grew, I was reminded how grateful I am to still have hair, so why not grow it! And then I decided to keep it.”

Fans should get used to his long hair, too. Probst told Entertainment Weekly he wasn’t able to chop his hair until the end of Survivor Season 42. “On location, there was no way to cut it anyway, so by the end of Survivor 42, I have a pretty damn impressive mullet!” he added.

Probst’s long hair goes along with his “Survivor Guy” persona, too. Probst noted he gets into this persona prior to daily challenges. “Weirdly, he looked a lot like me, only significantly cooler,” Probst explained to Entertainment Weekly regarding “Survivor Guy.” “He wore animal skins, had much longer hair, a lot of odd tattoos and a feather necklace. I’ll never forget his first words to me: “Jeff, I am Survivor Guy … I am your alter ego, and if you embrace what I have to offer I can make your life on Survivor better than ever.”

When is ‘Survivor’ Season 42?

Jeff Probst in front of a sign for 'Survivor' Season 41. Jeff Probst will return as the host for 'Survivor' Season 42
Jeff Probst | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

While Survivor Season 41 feels as if it’s just begun, when is Survivor Season 42? According to Premiere Date, fans can expect season 42 to premiere on CBS in Spring 2022.

Initial reports regarding the 42nd season noted production experienced delays. In April 2021, Fiji reportedly suspended international passenger flights. This allegedly affected the filming for season 42.

It seems production was able to make up for any delays, though — and that could be, in part, due to the new 26-day gameplay. According to Jeff Probst, the show will continue with its new format changes for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, fans can continue to embrace the change.

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