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Tyler Perry says he suggested “Survivor” make the swimsuits “look worn and ragged”, but denies telling Jeff Probst to get rid of them completely


The “Survivor” players have not been seen in swimsuits since 2018. Matt Petit / AMPAS via Getty Images; CBS via Getty Images

  • “Survivor” players haven’t had swimsuits since 2018, and some fans and players blame Tyler Perry.

  • Perry said he had “no idea” where the rumor was coming from that it was his fault.

  • The players haven’t been seen in swimsuits since early 2018, and it’s unclear why.

Tyler Perry is a huge “Survivor” fan and once even brought a “special idol” touch to the series. But he said it wasn’t his fault the players hadn’t had swimsuits since 2018.

For years, many Reddit fans – and some former gamers – believed Perry was to blame for the show’s decision to remove swimsuits from gameplay, but the actor and director denied the accusations to Insider.

While he’s not sure exactly how the rumor started, Perry believes it could trace back to a text message exchange he had with “Survivor” host and executive producer Jeff Probst.

“I don’t know what season it was – I don’t remember – but there was a season where there were brand new swimwear in the middle of the season,” he told Insider . “I texted Jeff saying, ‘Hey, that sounds weird. If you survive, where do those brand new swimsuits come from?'”

Tyler Perry says he suggested “Survivor” make the swimsuits “look worn and ragged”, but denies telling Jeff Probst to get rid of them completely

A “Survivor” player in 2014 with a swimsuit for a water challenge and a competitor in 2021 completing a water challenge in clothes. Robert Voets / CBS via Getty Images; Robert Voets / CBS via Getty Images

According to Perry, Probst explained the new swimsuits by saying that players are “losing weight” and therefore have to buy more. So, Perry came up with a new system that would make swimsuits look aged while outfitting players.

He said his suggestion was to buy each player the same swimsuit in four different sizes – decreasing as players lose weight – and then aging them “so they don’t look so austere and brand new in the middle of the season “.

Perry continued, “So that way it looks like they’re wearing the same clothes but they fit better and they haven’t been worn yet – they just look worn and ragged.”

If the production bought the same swimsuit in different sizes and aged it, much like what happens in a movie, he said, “we are no wiser as an audience.”

Perry also told Insider he “never said” he wanted players stuck in “dirty underwear.”

“It’s just awful to have people on the show with clothes that don’t fit and barely fit – it doesn’t work either,” he added.

The rumor seems to trace back to a 2018 interview with Probst, but the host clarified the comments to Insider

Tyler Perry says he suggested “Survivor” make the swimsuits “look worn and ragged”, but denies telling Jeff Probst to get rid of them completely

Jeff Probst is the host of “Survivor”. Robert Voets / CBS Entertainment

For several seasons, the “Survivor” contestants had swimsuits that they could wear as an alternate outfit. But the last time the players were shown in swimsuits was season 36, “Ghost Island,” which aired from February through May 2018.

The same month as the finale, Probst told The Hollywood Reporter that Perry suggested “dirtier” swimsuits be part of the series.

“Next season we’re not giving them any swimsuits at all, just a sewing kit,” Probst joked of the “Survivor” contestants in the interview.

Soon after, posters on Reddit began blaming Perry for the lack of swimsuits. Even ‘David vs Goliath’ season 37 contender Davie Rickenbacker – who confirmed his 2018 season didn’t receive a swimsuit a few months after Probst’s comment – previously told Insider he blamed it. Perry’s supposed influence.

However, Probst defended Perry in a statement to Insider, saying the actor “would never come up with an idea that would be detrimental to any player, ever.”

“We love to receive constructive feedback from former players. Survivor is constantly evolving and the advice of someone who has actually had the experience can be very helpful. There are often ideas that seemed important at one point and need to be. now be updates, ”said Probst.

“Regarding the swimwear issue, first I need to clarify the comments attributed to Tyler Perry. Tyler is one of the most compassionate humans I know and his swimsuit idea had nothing to do with it. to see with the players or if they should receive swimsuits or something like that. It was directly related to the storytelling, ”he continued.

Probst concluded: “I understand the issue that has been raised and we will absolutely fix it when we resume production. I am convinced that we can find a suitable solution which will solve all the problems.

The show never explained why swimsuits were taken out of the game, although Insider has spent months reporting the lack of swimsuits and how wearing the same clothes for 39 days in a row can lead to loss. serious health risks.

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