Survivor: Island of the Idols castaways lovingly share Jeff Probst-isms

Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

There are way too many Jeffs in the world, so we’ll be referring to the Jeff-isms shared by the Survivor: Island of the Idols castaways as Probst-isms instead.

Every Survivor fan, regardless of their level of fandom, knows all about Jeff Probst and the functions he serves as the show’s host. He’s on location to oversee a player if they’re going to leave the game (quit, evacuation, or otherwise), he’s there at challenges, and he’s there at Tribal Council to stare you down and ask you questions.

Getting to see the man up close and personal as a player must be a thrilling experience, as you get to compare the moments you’ve seen on television with what happens at the moment with everything on the line. It also means getting to hear all of his iconic lines from the show and feeling the magic of hearing them out in real-time.

In anticipation of being in that moment, the Survivor: Island of the Idols castaways were interviewed in a video about their favorite “Jeff-isms” before playing the game. Referred to as “Probst-isms” by people with better taste, the castaways went through a rather shallow list of favorites, although the primary lines were met by the 20 castaways.

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Elizabeth and Kellee focused on the bookends of challenges with “Come on in, guys!” and “Got nothing for ya, head back to camp.” Jack was focused on “The tribe has spoken” while CBS included a clip of Alec Merlino getting voted out. I’m surprised they didn’t erase his memory completely!

Ronnie Bardah liked the “39 days, 20 people, one Survivor” line, Missy’s line was “Next Time on Survivor,” and Karishma went for a deep cut with “Individual immunity is now what you covet.” The most significant commonality among castaways was, “Survivors, ready? Go!” with Tom even pointing out Jeff Probst’s two-finger, double arm raise at the end of challenges.

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While the main Probst-isms were tackled, I’m surprised nobody mentioned “All the fixins,” “Wanna know what you’re playing for?”, “Fire represents your life in this game,” “This is a Hidden Immunity Idol (etc.),” or even “_____ wins individual immunity!” Still, going dimple-deep with the Probst-isms was an unexpected twist!