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Jeff Probst: 'Survivor: Gabon' experiencing on-site production problems

By Christopher Rocchio, 06/05/2008 

From shipping delays and missing food to roaming wildlife and construction snafus, Jeff Probst said pre-production for Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden has already encountered its fair share of problems.

Gabon, a west-central African country along the equator that borders Guinea, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo and the Gulf of Guinea, will serve as the setting for Survivor's seventeenth edition this fall. 

The longtime Survivor host has previously stated Gabon is "the most remote place we have ever gone" -- and it's apparently so remote that important shipments can't even get there easily.

"Our shipping has been really delayed," Probst told The Associated Press in a Wednesday interview. "One aspect of Survivor that is different from a lot of shows is that we have to ship throughout the season, and we're about 30 days behind now, which is a major problem. We're going to be fine on the show, but the crew housing is not there. We're going to be in tents."

While the 18 castaways who will compete on Survivor: Gabon have yet to arrive, the crew has already had several problems ranging from a falling crane and a missing cargo hold containing about $100,000 worth of food, Probst told The AP.

If that weren't bad enough, some of the local wildlife has also decided to pay production a visit -- which would be pretty exciting if it weren't so dangerous.

"We have a danger problem with animals that we're trying to figure out how to handle," Probst told The AP. "There's so much truly wild life out there, we're not sure what to do. We don't want the animals around for a safety reasons, but we'd love to have a hippo sneak in every so often. I just got a call from our executive producer that we've got hippo tracks at base camp."

Filming for Survivor: Gabon -- Earth's Last Eden is currently slated to start later this month, and Probst sounded optimistic that production ultimately won't be in danger due to the various problems.

"These things for us usually have a way of turning into good things," he told The AP.

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