It was a controversial season of ‘Survivor,’ so we were lucky to have Jeff Probst kick off the reunion with the hard hitting issues — like Dan being offensive the entire season to women, then bashing the show. The way it was handled was absolutely perfect.
No one puts Survivor in the corner — not if Jeff Probst has anything to say about it. After announcing the season 30 winner on May 20, the cast reunited on stage in LA when Jeff turned the attention on Dan Foley, the contestant who was shown throughout the season insulting many women, including Shirin and Rodney‘s mother. However, Jeff’s big issue was that he was blaming the “editing” — so he showed the raw footage!
‘Survivor: Worlds Apart’ Reunion
For background, after Dan bashed many women on the season — Rodney’s mother and Shirin, for example — he was sent home and really gave some harsh interviews about how the show represented him “poorly” and that Jeff “did him dirty.”
“I’m the kind of guy who speaks his mind. It’s very easy to take things that I say out of context. That’s exactly what they did. There was a lot of things that were out of context,” Dan said in an interview. “I don’t deny saying the things that I said. The only thing that wasn’t taken out of context were my comments about Shirin.”
So, during the reunion Jeff asked him about all of that — and asked him to explain how they were taken out of context. Dan claimed that the time he told Rodney his mother was a “whore,” was when they were saying yo mamma jokes all day. So Jeff totally called him out and for the first time ever, decided to show the uncut clip of that entire scene: which was free of yo mamma jokes.
Jeff Gave Dan A Chance — & He Failed
“I wanted to first check in with Dan and see how he was feeling, which I did. Had he said, ‘maybe I misspoke’ or offered up any kind of mea culpa, I would not have shown it,” Jeff told Entertainment Weekly. “But he didn’t. He stated the same reasons as he had in every other interview, so I did feel that I had to defend the show. It was really that simple.”
Yes it was — and that clip showed no other jokes. So I totally give Jeff for defending his show and his network. Also, I’m really happy Dan isn’t on the new season of Survivor: Second Chances. What did you think, HollywoodLifers?
— Emily Longeretta