‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Just Said How He Really Feels About Wardog on ‘Edge of Extinction’

We’re now nearing the end of Season 38 of Survivor, and fans of the show have a lot of opinions on who is left on the island and who could possibly come back from the Edge of Extinction. We know this season has differed from any other with the new twist, as contestants who are voted off the island have a second chance via Extinction Island to get back into the game. Extinction Island just gained one more strategic player, too — and that’s the ultra-polarizing Dan “Wardog” DaSilva.

Wardog made more enemies than friends since he first started the game, and it seems casting also had some serious opinions about him. Here’s what host Jeff Probst recently said about the memorable player, too.

Dan ‘Wardog’ DaSilva recently got voted off the island after being too much of a threat

Kelly Wentworth and Dan "Wardog" Dasilva on Survivor
Kelly Wentworth and Dan “Wardog” DaSilva on Survivor | CBS via Getty Images

Wardog was certainly a fun player to watch, as he played an ultra-aggressive game and wasn’t afraid to make big moves (even if it meant backstabbing his alliance). While he worked closely with returning player Kelley Wentworth from the beginning, he struck when he felt the time was right, sending her to Extinction Island with an immunity idol in her pocket.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t curb favor with the rest of the tribe after that, and he found himself scrambling for the numbers to get out fellow contestant Aurora. The tribe turned on him to get revenge for Kelley, however — and now, he’s headed off to Extinction Island with the others as he awaits his chance to (hopefully) get back into the game.

Wardog didn’t take the votes against him personally, either. “Ya’ll made the right decision, good luck,” he told the remaining tribe members before heading out.

Jeff Probst revealed Wardog almost didn’t get cast for the show

Dan "Wardog" DaSilva and David Wright on Survivor
Dan “Wardog” DaSilva and David Wright on Survivor | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

It’s hard to imagine this season without Wardog, but host Jeff Probst just revealed during an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the infamous player almost didn’t get cast for the show. “Wardog is a polarizing player. He was polarizing to us in casting as well. In fact, it took one of our casting producers stepping up and saying ‘I will fall on the sword for Wardog’ that ultimately got him on the show,” Probst said.

As for how Probst personally feels about Wardog, it seems like he can appreciate the big moves the contestant was willing to make, though Probst seems unsure if Wardog’s manipulation tactics were really up to snuff. “I think Wardog is definitely a manipulator, whether he’s a master manipulator is up for debate. He’s definitely not subtle,” he added. But Probst also said that he’s glad one of the casting producers was willing to go to bat for Wardog, “as he has proven to be a very compelling, enigmatic player.”

What do fans think of him?

Eric Hafemann, Gavin Whitson, and Dan "Wardog" Dasilva on Survivor
Eric Hafemann, Gavin Whitson, and Dan “Wardog” DaSilva on Survivor | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

Wardog may be down, but he’s certainly not out, as we have no idea what Extinction Island holds for him. And it seems he’s garnered a lot of opinions from fans as well. Reddit users seem totally unsurprised he got voted out after the way he blindsided Kelley Wentworth. “Yeah he did an absolutely horrific job covering his tracks after the Kelley vote, it was definitely his social game that screwed him over,” one Reddit user said. But another added that they saw Wardog as an “intentional player” who should get credit for his aggressive gameplay.

Will Wardog make it off Extinction Island to get back in the game with his only ally/”frenemy,” Rick Devens? We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the future — and, of course, we can’t wait to hear Probst’s take on future scenarios, too.

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