‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’: Why Is Jeff Probst Reading the Votes From the Strangest Location Ever?

The 40th anniversary season of Survivor is coming to a close with a three-hour finale on May 13, 2020. However, for the first time, host Jeff Probst is not filming in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles, California. He will read the final tribal council votes for Survivor: Winners at War from a strange location this year.

Jeff Probst at Tribal Council
Jeff Probst at Tribal Council on ‘Survivor: Winners at War’ | CBS Entertainment

What is going to happen during tonight’s ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’ finale episode?

The three-hour Survivor 40 finale is going to be jam-packed. There are numerous competitions to cover before the final tribal council votes are read. 

The 14 players currently on the Edge of Extinction will have one last chance to get back in the game. The other 13 will then head to Ponderosa to await the final tribal council. The number of castaways still in the competition will go from five, back up to six — then slowly down to three, throughout the finale. 

The six players in the game — including the returnee — will vote out two more players in tribal councils. Then the four remaining players will battle it out with a fire-making challenge to earn their place in the final three. 

After the final three is decided, they will have time to think about what they will say. These three players must make their case to the 16 jury members. They want to sway the jury to vote in their favor and award them the $2 million prize. Then Probst will read the votes from somewhere he never has before.

Where is Jeff Probst reading the final tribal council votes from in ‘Survivor 40: Winners at War’?

The 40th anniversary season of Survivor somehow included numerous firsts. Early on in the game, Boston Rob Mariano insisted his fellow tribemates empty their bags at tribal council to flush out any hidden immunity idols. Natalie Anderson acquired 16 fire tokens and became the “Queen of the Edge of Extinction.” 

The final tribal council will have more jury members than ever before in the history of the game. Plus, Probst will read those final votes from his garage. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, CBS production was shut down on March 13, 2020. The lockdown in LA due to the virus prevents Probst from holding a reunion show with a live studio audience. 

“This is the tribal council set for the finale of Survivor: Winners at War, and what makes it unique is it’s not in the jungles in Fiji, but rather, in my garage,” Probst said on Twitter. It was designed and shipped in pieces in two big crates with a do-it-yourself manual that showed us how to put it together.” 

How will Jeff Probst crown the winner and hold the live reunion show of ‘Survivor’ 40?

After Probst reads the votes from his garage, he will continue the show virtually. The host will connect with the players via live video chat, and that is how he will crown the winner. The $2 million prize winner will find out their fate from the comfort of their living room.

“We now have our three cameras that are connected to our home internet, which allows our director to control them remotely,” Probst continued. “We have our lights set up, and we are about to do our first tech test. If everything goes well, this is where we will crown the winner of Survivor: Winners at War.”

“We’re calling it the finale in a garage. Wish us luck,” Probst concluded.

Find out who wins the $2 million prize tonight on Survivor: Winners at War at 8 p.m. EST on CBS. 

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