As CBS’s reality franchise “Survivor” begins taping its 29th cycle, the show has lost two contestants before shooting even started, reports EW.com’s Inside TV.
“We just lost two contestants [Friday],” “Survivor” host Jeff Probst told an Entertainment Weekly Radio program. “We came out here with 20. We spend months casting our show — months. I mean, this is like … who you’re gonna ask to prom. All year you’re like, ‘Is it her or her?’ and ‘Will she say yes?’ And you finally get your 20 people, and then through no fault of their own — just a medical situation — they can’t play. … So instead of 20, it puts us at 18. Instead of equal men and women, it puts us uneven men and women.”
The story doesn’t say what the medical reasons were for the contestants’ departures. The show is taping in Nicaragua.