"I'm getting tired of the comparisons, of people saying idiotic things like, 'Gee, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! didn't work.' No s--t! Of course not! It's a terrible show, poorly produced with idiots," Probst toldEntertainment Weekly in a recently released interview that took place prior to last summer's filming of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
While Survivor producer Mark Burnett used a celebrity-cast format to help rejuvenate his The Apprentice franchise for NBC, Probst said that was never considered for Survivor.
"We never talked about doing a celebrity Survivor. I can't imagine ever doing a celebrity Survivor. It just doesn't even seem right," he told Entertainment Weekly.
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which is based on a U.K. reality series, first aired stateside on ABC in 2003 and stranded 10 celebrities in an Australian rain forest and aired live over the course of 15 consecutive nights.
Due to its similarities to Survivor, CBS filed a lawsuit against ABC claiming copyright infringement. While CBS lost the lawsuit, ABC did not renew the series for a second season.
NBC subsequently aired a revival of the reality series last summer.