'Survivor: Worlds Apart' host Jeff Probst: The cast is the best yet, the three tribes live up to stereotypes
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/25/2015
Survivor host Jeff Probst talks the Survivor: Worlds Apart cast and how the castaways "one hundred percent" lived up to their White Collar, Blue Collar or No Collar stereotypes.
"Two of the big keys to a good season are an interesting theme, in terms of how we divide the tribes, which we have... The pitch to CBS was, White Collar make the rules, Blue Collar follow the rules, No Collar break the rules," Probst told TV Guide in an interview.
"And then, you have to have the group of people. And this is, for my money, probably the best overall cast we've ever had. That doesn't mean there won't be duds or people that don't live up to their potential. But person to person as a group, this is a really strong group and one of my favorite casts ever."
Survivor: Worlds Apart premieres with a special 90-minute episode on Wednesday, February 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.
"In almost every episode, there are moments that personify the three different groups of people that really are the dominating philosophies in our culture right now... But there was a feeling amongst the White Collars that they weren't White Collars," Probst revealed.
"The Blue Collars were very proud to be Blue Collars, and the No Collars thoroughly embraced their No Collar ways. But the White Collars kept wanting to say, 'We've got Blue Collar in us. We've got some No Collar in us.' I thought that was really interesting, given the culture right now, that the one group that was a bit embarrassed were the White Collars."
Probst elaborated a bit more on how the three-tribe premise came about and why he believes it will make for a very entertaining season.
"The White Collars represent that part of the world that make the rules. They work in offices. They wear suits. The Blue Collars are the people who are out getting it done every day. They might wear a uniform. They might use their hands. They are the bread and butter of our country," Probst told TV Guide.
"And the No Collars are the people that are willing to break the rules, like a Mark Zuckerberg or somebody who just wants to sit on the beach and read poetry. They're not bound by societal norms. When you put those three together and force them to play this game, it's really compelling."
Survivor: Worlds Apart is the franchise's milestone 30th edition, however, Probst noted it won't be highlighted in the series.
"We realized, we don't really look at this as any kind of an end," the Survivorhost said. "It's just a celebration."