Jeff Probst is looking to possibly change the Final Tribal Council of Survivor next season.
Since the very first season of Survivor, jurors have been accused of being "bitter" when voting for a winner. Case in point: Sue Hawk's iconic "Snakes and Rats" speech against finalist Kelly Wiglesworth in season 1. Plenty of players in Survivor history have been considered "robbed" of the money due to their aggressive gameplay, like Russell Hantz in his first two seasons, and this continued in the spring when strategist Aubry Bracco lost to the more social Michele Fitzgerald on Survivor: Kaoh Rong.
Now, Probst is hoping to make a change or two to the final Tribal Council to help the jurors be less bitter.
"I'm going to go out on a limb: last season's jury was an aberration," Probst told the Toronto Sun in a new interview. "I think Scot [Pollard] and [Kyle] Jason were really tough [last season]. And they got to that jury. Nothing against those guys, it's their prerogative to play how they want, but I felt their impact was pretty hard. I have an idea - not for this season but for next - to change the final tribal up to help the jury be less bitter. I'll be curious to see if it works."
Considering the upcoming 34th season has already been filmed, it's not clear if Probst is talking about a change for that season or season 35, to be filmed next year. Regardless, Probst did credit Michele's game even if it caused some controversy at the time.
"It introduced us to some really good players, had amazing drama and crowned a really sly winner," he said, of Survivor: Kaoh Rong. "The one criticism of the season will be: how did Michele Fitzgerald win? I don't know but it's really amazing. She was so delicate that it appeared she did nothing but she did and got people to give her a million dollars. That's winning 'Survivor'."
Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.