Season 41 of Survivor was supposed to begin filming on March 24 in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, however Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst informed crew members in a letter on Wednesday that cameras will not start rolling until at least May due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to EW.
Season 42 of Survivor was reportedly set to begin filming on May 24, a few weeks after Season 41 was scheduled to wrap production.
Assuming the two-month delay isn't extended further, both Survivor seasons will still reportedly be filmed in time to maintain their original premiere dates.
Survivor's 41st season is expected to debut in September 2020, while CBS plans to premiere Season 42 of the franchise in February 2021.
While there hasn't been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Fiji yet, CBS executives andSurvivor producers don't want to put anyone -- including locals -- at risk given the show's cast and crew hail from nearly two dozen countries.
In Jeff's letter obtained by EW, he wrote the following: "Hey Survivor crew, Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date forSurvivor season 41."
"Though Fiji has no reported cases and is beautifully remote, our crew numbers over 400 and are flying in from over 20 different countries, creating a need for more time to fully analyze and create our new production safety plan."
Jeff continued, "This situation is unprecedented and we are learning more information every day. It is out of concern for the well-being of all of you that we have taken this step."
"Our intention is to begin production after the [Season 40] live show. Therefore, subject to new information, our new planned start date for production would be on or about May 19th, 2020. Our intention is to still to shoot both seasons 41 and 42."
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"We know many of you will have questions and we will start a communication chain to keep everybody up to date," Jeff added.
"We are the most experienced international television team in the world and for 20 years we have calmly and successfully managed a variety of production issues. We will navigate this one the same way."
"Thank you for understanding our need for this extra time to create our plan. Jeff," he concluded.
Last month, CBS already had to suspend production of Season 33 of The Amazing Race after filming its third leg due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series," a CBS representative toldVariety in a statement.
"All contestants and production staff are in the process of returning home. At this time, no Racers or anyone on the production team [traveling] with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it."