'Survivor' host Jeff Probst clarifies idol transfer rules after Dwight got voted out with Jeanine's idol
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/07/2022
Survivor host Jeff Probst has clarified the rules for when a castaway hands his or her hidden Immunity Idol to another player to hold at Tribal Council and then asks for it back.
The latest Survivor 43 episode featured castaways shuffling their idols or advantages around before Tribal Council in fear James Jones would play a "Knowledge of Power" advantage, which would allow James to steal an idol or advantage as long as he could correctly guess the player who had one in his or her possession.
Before Tribal Council on Night 14 of the game, Noelle Lambert asked Owen Knight to hold onto her "Steal a Vote" advantage in case James had suspected Noelle was powerful, and Jeanine Zheng gave her immunity bracelet to Dwight Moore just for the evening.
But much to Jeanine's dismay, Jeff began reading the votes aloud and Dwight's name had been written down several times. Jeanine therefore quietly showed Dwight her open hand, repeatedly, begging for the idol back.
Although Dwight reassured Jeanine that he could see and hear her plea, he was voted out of the game with her idol bracelet in his pocket.
According toSurvivor rules, Jeff has revealed that Dwight was unable to hand Jeanine's idol back to her before the final vote was read, Entertainment Weeklyreported.
"No [he couldn't return it]," Jeff explained.
"Once the reading of the votes begins, that's it. That's why I say, 'If anyone has an idol or an advantage and you want to play it, now would be the time to do so.' That's your window."
"After that," the longtime host continued, "you are basically handcuffed from doing anything other than hoping it's not you."
If Dwight had humored Jeanine and returned her idol as the votes were being read, Jeff said it would have been confiscated bySurvivor producers.