‘Survivor’ host Jeff Probst says player wasn’t trying to quit

Here we go again…

This week’s episode of Survivor 46 was thrown into chaos when Q Burdette shocked everyone by asking the tribe to eliminate him at tribal council. Only this time, the tribe didn’t honor his wish and instead sent another candidate, Tevin Davis, to the jury.

Q’s reasoning for asking to be voted out was very vague and confusing, as he told the tribe and host Jeff Probst: “It’s not me who’s giving up. Believe me, I want to play and I’ve been playing since day one. But again, when something doesn’t suit me and I feel partly responsible, I have to admit it and say, “You know what? I’m not going to steal someone else’s joy and dream, especially in this game where you only get to play once.

It’s still unclear what was wrong with Q, what he felt responsible for, and whose joy and dream he was stealing from, but it also fit the pattern of what we’ve seen from Q this season. He and partner David Jelinsky quit the Yanu Sweat task on day one, a shutdown Jelinsky said in his exit interview that Q first discussed.

Q Burdette on “Survivor 46.”

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Then, on the tenth day, after Kenzie Petty tried to cheer Q up after Yanu’s epic losing streak by saying, “We fought so hard and I don’t see any of us stopping anytime soon,” Q replied: “I could. This is not giving up. It’s accepting it. He then claimed it was a ruse to make Kenzie feel comfortable so she wouldn’t play her Shot in the Dark if they lost again – a claim that seems as believable as his another claim was that he had issued a challenge in which he fell off a platform. in the ocean… after declaring before the start of the season that he would never issue a challenge. Q also previously asked the tribe to eliminate him after he failed to perform well in a challenge, before being talked out of it.

Yet even with all this evidence and the clear and obvious frustration Q felt this week for losing power and control of a tribe for the first time all season, Probst doesn’t think Q’s attempt to leave the game be considered another example of Survivor stop or reach the level of what happened last season when Hannah Rose and Sean Edwards both asked to be voted out at Tribal Council.

“I absolutely don’t think Q was trying to quit in the same way that Sean and Hannah did last season,” the host and showrunner said. Weekly Entertainment. But Probst is also careful to note: “any speculation about Q must begin with this caveat: Q is an enigma. Therefore, we can only guess at the motivations behind his every move in the game! We’ve never had anyone like him before.

Jeff Probst on “Survivor 46.”

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Still, Probst believes the player is not one to give up and throw in the proverbial towel. “I think Q could and would stay in the jungle and survive for months if he thought it would benefit him in some way. Q is very determined and not afraid of hard work.

So, according to Probst, what made Q suggest falling on his sword? “My view on Q is that on some level he feels that if he is primarily responsible for a situation, then he should be the one paying the price. So in this case he steps in and says, “It’s all my fault.” Eliminate me.’”

However, that doesn’t mean it was purely out of pure nobility. “I also think Q likes to cause chaos,” Probst says. “Actually, I think he enjoys it!” And I volunteer to go home Survivor is a great way to cause chaos because your decision impacts a lot of other people. There are various reasons why other players may not want you to return home. Q knows this and uses it strategically. And when you play to win, and therefore you’re not afraid of being eliminated, that gives you enormous power in the game.”

Q Burdette on “Survivor 46.”


While Q’s motivations remain unclear at best, there’s no doubt that the guy made great television with his… shall we say… unique approach to the game. “People ask me all the time, ‘How do I get out of this?’ Survivor?,’” Probst said. “Q is a great example of being true to who you are at all times. This is Q. I’m sure all of Q’s friends at home aren’t surprised at all by his behavior. He’s fascinating to watch and complicated to play with and against.

As for how the host handles players like Q and moments like that when they appear at Tribal Council, Probst notes, “one can’t predict what Q will say or do at any given moment, so enter in Tribal Council is always exciting. I take my place on my stool and start asking questions without any idea where this is going to lead me.

And this time it led to complete chaos, but Q is still firmly in the game. Read our full Survivor 46 episode recap for more.

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