In a TV first, the five remaining players on “Survivor: Philippines,” all of whom are still in the running for the $1 million prize on the hit-CBS show, will gather for TV viewers of “The Jeff Probst Show” on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to chat about their experiences thus far.
According to a Dec. 11 correspondence from Probst’s PR camp, “The normally secretive show has granted access to finalists currently on the show for the first time in its 12-year history,” and Emmy-winning host Jeff Probst will speak exclusively to the finalists Wednesday.
“The Jeff Probst Show” airs at 2 p.m. (CST) daily in the Nashville market on Channel 2, WKRN.
For those who follow “Survivor: Philippines,” it’s well known that the final five include Lisa Whelchel, Michael Skupin, Malcolm Freberg, Denise Stapley and Abi-Maria Gomes. Each participant will speak with Probst about his or her experiences on the show, including their respective strategies at this point in the game on how they think they could win the $1 million grand prize:
In a sneak-peak preview shared with rootshed.com, finalist Whelchel, regarding her “Survivor” experience, said, “My brother came out and I was able to first get out everything that I had been holding in and just lay it on him, dump it on him.
“(H)e was able to fill me back up and remind me of who I am and why I came out to play the game,” continued the “Facts of Life” TV actress, 49, “so this is a very different week for me because from this point on, my head’s screwed back on straight and I’m ready to play the game.”
Thirty-two-year-old finalist Gomes, meanwhile, said she doesn’t know who’ll take the big money home, but she’s thrilled to still be in the running. Says Gomes: “I am definitely hoping to be dragged to the end. I sucked at challenges, I sucked at the social games, so I was hoping, ‘just get me to the end, and then I’ll try to put together a great closing argument to win it.’ You never know.”
As for finalist Skupin, 50, “I’m counting jury votes, and I’m counting votes of people sitting next to me … including Abi. She’s working the jury; go back and watch the tapes. She works that jury better than anybody I’ve ever seen. … Everybody out there has a case to win it.”
“What happens from here on out is pivotal,” admitted sex therapist-turned-“Survivor” contender Stapley, 41. “There’s a saying in counseling that I like, ‘Wherever you are, there you are,’ and I can’t stop being who I am, and I think none of us can really stop being who we are in the game, and so the thought of throwing a challenge or downplaying something is really hard, but you’re always trying to think about that, and trying to think how is this going to play out.”
Last but not least, remarked finalist Freberg, 25, being on “Survivor” is “a lot of fun for me, as a fan of the show, and what my preconceived notions about what I thought was going on, and see how little control I really had. It’s frightening, it’s almost an ego check is what it is, like me thinking I had it all in hand, but in reality, Lisa (Whelchel) and her brother are just ready to get rid of me.”
Per Probst’s camp, later in the talk-show’s broadcast the five “castaways” will also take time to answer questions from the audience, which will be filled with “Survivor” fans.
The special two-hour “Survivor: Philippines” season finale will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 16, on the CBS at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by the live one-hour reunion show at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Video view: To see a glimpse of Malcolm Freberg’s visit to “The Jeff Probst Show” set, please access the embedded video on the left side of this post.