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Because a lot of these people have knowledge of each other and relationships going into this season, I wonder if original tribe loyalty will not play into the merge tribe but will go more on personality and reputation.
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Jeff Probst explains the origins of the Survivor: Winners at War $2 million prize

EW recently revealed that the cast members for Survivor: Winners at War (which premieres Feb. 12 on CBS) all will be receiving $25,000 guarantees in addition to the standard $10,000 appearance fee for the live reunion show as well as whatever prize money they may earn along the way (starting with $2,500 for the first one voted out). That was incentive enough to draw back many winners Jeff Probst worried would not return to play again.

But what the players did not know until they showed up on the beach was that the prize money for winning the season would be doubled to $2 million. How did a prize amount twice as nice come to pass? We asked Probst while out on location during day 1 of filming, and he was happy to give all credit to the network.

“The $2 million prize was all CBS, says the host and showrunner. “The truth is, Kelly Kahl is the guy at CBS who back in season 2 moved Survivor to go up against Friends. And we beat Friends in the ratings and his career was really made in that moment. He’s been invested in Survivor forever. And he has given us free rein to do what we want for a long time. And this season he said, ‘Can you try to make winners happen? And can we give them a $2 million prize?’”

Probst’s initial reaction to that request may surprise you. “And again, to show my stupidity as a producer,” Probst laughs, “I said, ‘I don’t really know if $2 million will make any difference. They’re still going to say yes.’ And he looked at me like, ‘Clearly you’ve lost track of life. It’s another million dollars!'”

If there was any doubt as to how the contestants would feel about that, it was erased when the host made the announcement during the day 1 marooning: “You saw it out there today. We said $2 million, and a few of them jumped up so high they’re still floating somewhere. It was a brilliant idea. All I’m going to do is sit and watch it all play out.”

As a side note, when I interviewed the cast of Survivor: All-Stars before filming began on season 8 back in 2003, many of the returning players then assumed the prize money was going to be doubled to $2 million. It wasn’t. When I spoke to the Winners at War cast before filming of season 40, however, only one contestant mentioned the possibility of a $2 million prize, and it was someone that also appeared on All-Stars: Ethan Zohn. This time, he was right.

Watch the video at the top of the post to see Probst talk about the $2 million prize. For more Survivor articles, follow me on Twitter @Dalton Ross, and for exclusive season 40 photos and video, follow me on Instagram @TheD altonross.

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I am going to fast forward my DVR and watch the new season tomorrow. Then I am going to spoil it and tell you Sandra won.

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I am going to fast forward my DVR and watch the new season tomorrow. Then I am going to spoil it and tell you Sandra won.
I've already gone into the future, reported your post, and had the mods in the future change your post to say Sandra, instead of the real winner........
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I've already gone into the future, reported your post, and had the mods in the future change your post to say Sandra, instead of the real winner........


Why would you be so mean?

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I thought they form rules prohibited time travel. .

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I'll say that I am looking forward to what this Season brings .. let the countdown begin ..

Totally forgot about the Special a couple nights ago .. maybe I'll see if I can hunt it down On Demand ..
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Totally forgot about the Special a couple nights ago .. maybe I'll see if I can hunt it down On Demand ..
I was going to skip it .. but it recorded, and it was worth the watch ...
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I was going to skip it .. but it recorded, and it was worth the watch ...
I'd agree .. I found it last night On Demand and thought it was a pretty good hour of highlights over 20 years ..

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I was going to skip it .. but it recorded, and it was worth the watch ...


I saw it in the menu and said screw it, didn't watch.

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I am looking forward to this season. At the very least it will be fun to watch the start of a season where EVERYBODY knows EVERYBODY.
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I am looking forward to this season. At the very least it will be fun to watch the start of a season where EVERYBODY knows EVERYBODY.
Looking forward to this too. Should be a good season.

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2 hour opening episode.


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Let the backstabbing begin!

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Did Sandra win yet?

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The immunity idol is SWEET.
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This is going to be a great season. Sandra, Rob, and Pavarti's ego is unbelievable, they sure think they are the best ever at this.

Loved the immunity challenge, the second point was amazing, inches from the pole and they loose it.

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I've been looking forward to this for a while, and they did not disappoint.

Sandra seems to have not lost her touch. But, she definitely has Rob on her ass, now.

I also think Tony will be an early boot. He is just SO transparent.
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I find myself cheering for everyone. Great 1st episode.

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Enjoyed the 1st episode ...
Personally, I'd like it going forward if, since they have 2 cycles ("seasons"), per year, if 1 was the typical batch of newbies, and the other was some sort of , all-star, or all-star/newbie blend ....

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* It's way too early to tell what's going to happen, however it does seem like Rob / Parvati are becoming targets ..

* The older winners seem smart to band together on the down-low, although it's early still ...

* Will Rob's wife being voted out, have any effect on him being either more of, or less of, a target, and will it cause him to lose his cool ?

* Sandra was p*ssed that Rob didn't tell her on Island/Idols he would be in the show ... it seems like a bad move, as they could have made a pact to keep each other safe - Although , if Rob lasts a while, I'm sure his ego will have him tell us, "spin", why it was such a brilliant thing to do.
At a merge, Sandra may fall for some Rob excuse, although she does seem to really hold on to grudges ..

* Speaking of Merges, I wonder if there will be twists / re-groupings / multiple merges ..?
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Survivor Champ Richard Hatch Says Show 'Made a Horrendous Mistake' Excluding Him From Winners at War

“Everybody knows the original winner ought to be on Season 40. I should’ve been on,” he said in a recent YouTube video, before contending that he was asked to participate in the all-winners season and completed the entire casting process. “I was told I was the only one who every single producer said they wanted [on the show]. I was golden,” Hatch alleges...Hatch also speculates that last fall’s Survivor: Island of the Idols sexual harassment controversy likely doomed his chances to appear return to the game

In a promotional interview for the new Winners at War season, Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst said, “I didn’t feel comfortable having him out on the show and representing a show that is for families,” possibly alluding to Hatch’s affinity for nudity...

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Richard Hatch definitely deserves a spot on the current season...his original season was one of the main reasons the show became so popular...
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I've been looking forward to this for a while, and they did not disappoint.

Sandra seems to have not lost her touch. But, she definitely has Rob on her ass, now.

I also think Tony will be an early boot. He is just SO transparent.
I also loved all the overhead shots of the island/ocean scenes. Man it is stunningly beautiful there.
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... And ..
I wish CBS All-access would get their doody together, & stream shows like Survivor, in 4K HDR, (or at least 1080p HDR), on all devices, a Show like Survivor would look great in HDR....
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The views from the cameras in the ring buoys during the challenge was cool.
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well, looks like a interesting season, but it should be obvious to all there that
rob, sandra and pavarity need to be the top ones voted out......

Don't know why that lady that got voted out first gave sandra the immunity idol . ?
Of all players , I think sandra is the most dangerous.
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I want to know who won the battle between the crab and the snake.
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Got to give Boston Rob, Pavarti and Sandra props. They know how to speak to the camera and make it interesting. They just have charisma.

Ben is totally mismatched against BR. Lol. BR had him spilling his guts in just a few minutes.

Yul says he played an analytical game the first time and this time he’s going to play a more personal one. Then you see him running the odds and numbers.

I thought Natalee was going to crush the ring challenge. She is a CrossFit devotee, but it looks like she ran out of steam on both her turns.
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I want to know who won the battle between the crab and the snake.
It was a draw, they showed the snake get out of its grasp and slither into the water with the crab just looking on like, "How did that happen?"

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The opener was good enough, nothing really stood out for me .. the pitting of Rob and Sandra via her not being told by Rob last Season that he would be in this Season and then the Amber vote out, casts the Perfect Storm .. if they last that long ..

I still don't know what to make of the Fire Tokens .. then the gifting of Immunity .. I suppose there are still Idols to be found as well .. I hope we don't have Idol overload ..

Obviously, the Producers are playing up "Old School / New School" style ..

I still don't really care for "Edge of Extinction Island" .. a vote off should be a vote off .. The "Poker Player Alliance" was news to me .. Yul apparently did his research and used that very wisely as a ploy .. brilliant strategy ..

I really like Ethan Zohn .. it would be incredible if he won .. for any number of reasons ..

Parvati is not quite the hottie she used to be, and Boston Rob is definitely toting a bit of extra poundage .. Natalie now has 2 Fire Tokens and so does Rob ..

Danni may just be the Dark Horse ..

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