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Grab your torches and go behind the scenes of the Emmy® Award-winning reality series SURVIVOR like never before. Whether you’re a superfan or new to the show, “On Fire with Jeff Probst: The Official Survivor Podcast” is the ultimate companion to Season 46 — revealing HOW the show is made and WHY they do the things they do. Showrunner and Host Jeff Probst answers fan questions and takes you behind the scenes of the series from the executive producer perspective that you can't get anywhere else. This season, Probst is joined by former castaway and Survivor 45 winner Dee Valladares, and producer Jay Wolff who share insights from the player and fan perspectives on each episode. Watch the latest episode of SURVIVOR every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show.

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Join Jeff Probst, the Emmy Award-winning host and showrunner of Survivor, to go behind the scenes of the reality competition like never before. Using episodes from Survivor 44 as a jumping off point, each episode of the podcast takes you inside from the producers point of view. Explore the parts of the show you have always had questions about, from how they build challenges to how they select the castaways, the inner workings of their art department, all of those idols and advantages, and every other element of making the show. Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Getting to Day One

Getting to Day One

2023-03-0252:1713

Survivor 44 is off to a blistering start with new twists and turns! In this episode, we take a deep dive into “GETTING TO DAY ONE!” What does it take to get a new season of Survivor ready to turn over to 18 new castaways as they begin the adventure of a lifetime! And Jeff talks with evacuated player Bruce Perreault. Plus, meet Jeff's co-hosts, Brittany Crapper (Survivor supervising producer) and Jay Wolff (podcast producer) who help him take you behind the scenes each week. Watch the latest episode of Survivor 44 every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Advantages and Idols

Advantages and Idols

2023-03-0946:5813

From the iconic Hidden Immunity Idol to the new Beware Advantage, this week we take a deep dive into Survivor's Idols and Advantages. We examine why we have them, how we come up with them, and what's new about them in Season 44. Then, Jeff tells a few never-before-heard stories of advantages that were on your TV screens... but were never seen or found by players. Later, Jeff answers fan questions and we cover yet another reason "Why Jeff Sucks!" Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Choosing the Castaways

Choosing the Castaways

2023-03-1644:065

Over 600 people have played Survivor and all of them were handpicked through our casting process. This week we’re taking a deep dive into what we’re looking for when we cast a season and how we evaluate the applicants. Jeff shares his first impressions of a few competitors on Survivor 44 and what stood out about them during casting. Plus, you’ll hear the story of how Jeff was selected to host Survivor. Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Designing Challenges

Designing Challenges

2023-03-2345:504

Challenges come down to two things: highlighting strengths and exposing weaknesses. We’re taking a deep dive into Survivor Challenges — how we design them, the ways we test them, and everything in between! Plus, you’ll hear an all new reason “Why Jeff Sucks!” Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’re throwing it back to Survivor Season 1! Jeff takes a deep dive into the fundamentals of the premiere season that still hold true today — from his wardrobe to the iconic phrase that closes out every tribal council, “The Tribe Has Spoken.” Brittany also goes behind the scenes of how she produced season 44 episode 5, demonstrating how the show has remained committed to its core format and philosophical approach over the past 23 years.  Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+. Then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. Don't forget you can also stream all episodes of Survivor back to season 1 on Paramount+! For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The art department is responsible for creating every single thing you see on the show from torches and idols to challenges and tribal council. Jeff unpacks how this massive team of artisans and designers from around the world is an integral part of bringing the show to life. Jeff also takes your questions about jurors in Ponderosa, the power of the idol vs. shot in the dark, and we hear from casting producer, Jesse Tannenbaum, on whether he would actually cast Jeff as a contestant.  Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Big Theme

The Big Theme

2023-04-1350:35

Curious how Survivor's big themes were born? This episode gets to the heart of how, why, and exactly what it takes to build some of Survivor's most iconic themes. Join us as Jeff discusses some of the most memorable, like Redemption Island, Edge of Extinction and Winners At War. Hear how each theme creates intense, new challenges while revealing the determination and spirit of your favorite castaways. Go inside the creative process for developing the show’s format with a dramatic reading from an original show bible and find out what question White Lotus creator, Mike White, asked Jeff that made Jeff erase all of his ideas going into season 41 and start over from scratch. Plus, we answer your questions about wearing glasses on the island, how castaways communicate during the voting and exactly what happens to all those parchments after each season. Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Editing Survivor

Editing Survivor

2023-04-2042:471

The role of an editor on Survivor is to authentically and accurately represent each player's journey during their time in the game. Jeff pulls back the curtain on how a team of 20 editors tells the story of 18 Survivor castaways from moment to moment in each episode as well as across an entire season. We’re joined by editor Dave Armstrong to talk through the anatomy of a scene using three different versions of the same sequence, where Carolyn finds the idol without her team knowing. Plus, Jeff answers your questions about how the editors avoid bias, how the show’s music is selected and how long Tribal Council actually lasts! Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Controversial Twists

Controversial Twists

2023-04-2701:00:303

The Fire-Making Showdown, The Medallion of Power, Final Two vs Final Three and Change History are just some of the twists and turns that have stirred controversy among Survivor fans and contestants over the past 44 seasons. Find out which of the most polarizing twists Jeff stands by and which ones he regrets. Jeff also answers your questions shedding light on some less controversial topics like would he ever place an advantage at Tribal Council, how do they film idols before and after challenges and why he always wears shoes with socks on the beach. Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shooting Survivor

Shooting Survivor

2023-05-0401:00:401

It’s a Herculean effort to capture every single moment of Survivor as it unfolds in real time, but it’s all possible thanks to the camera and audio crews who bring their instinct, trust and remarkable skill to shooting the show. Jeff breaks down how the crew captures the reality, the challenges and Tribal Councils. He describes how each piece comes together despite the many environmental and technical challenges that come with shooting on a remote island. Jeff and Brittany also share behind the scenes details about what each filming setup looks like on-set and the strategies they use to ensure the game remains authentic to the castaways and the audience. Also, Jeff answers your questions about what the accommodations look like for the crew, what happened to visits from loved ones as well as what are players allowed to have in terms of personal hygiene products.  Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeff, Brittany, and Jay unpack the latest episode including Yam Yam's epic individual immunity win and Carolyn getting mad at everyone at tribal - including Jeff! Then, the crew dives into all of your unanswered questions from: how long can players go without food during the show to the ground rules all players must follow while on the island. They also answer your questions about the live finale, the famous gross food eating challenge, and more! Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Final 5

The Final 5

2023-05-1801:03:141

After a recap of episode 12, Jeff, Brittany and Jay take a moment to recognize the incredible journey each of the remaining castaways have endured and celebrate their best moments from this season. Jeff points out how Lauren, Heidi, Carson, Carolyn and Yam Yam all rose to the occasion throughout the season to become top Survivor competitors despite expectations and personal setbacks. Jeff underscores how all the castaways are real people, not actors or reality stars, who are determined to prove to themselves and others that they deserve to win.  Watch all new episodes of Survivor, Wednesdays on CBS and streaming and on demand on Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire with Jeff Probst” right after the show. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tribe Has Spoken

The Tribe Has Spoken

2023-05-2501:02:271

After a season of epic twists and turns, Survivor 44 has come to a close and with it this season of On Fire. Hear from the final 3 and winner of Season 44 as they each join Jeff, Brittany and Jay to unpack all of the unforgettable moments from this season.   Watch episodes of Survivor on CBS and streaming on demand on Paramount+. For details on how we manage your personal information, please consult our privacy policy at www.viacomcbsprivacy.com/en/policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Survivor 45 is here and with it comes the return of "On Fire: The Official Survivor Podcast"! Showrunner Jeff Probst is back to answer fan questions and share his perspective as host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning reality series. However, this season, the podcast is introducing a twist and welcoming a new host who has experienced the grueling challenges, shocking tribal councils, and even torch snuffing all firsthand. Some hints? This former player found at least one idol, they endured a remarkable 30-pound weight loss on the island, and they know a little something about coming back from Extinction... Whether you’re a superfan or new to the show, “On Fire: The Official Survivor Podcast” is the ultimate companion to Survivor — revealing HOW the show is made and WHY they do the things they do. You’ll get it all, from the fan, producer, AND now the player's POV. Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Game Is On

The Game Is On

2023-09-2851:294

Survivor 45 is on! Eighteen new castaways are marooned on the islands of Fiji and there’s already some surprising friction between the group. What drives Emily to confront Bruce the moment they get to the barge? Rick Devens and Jay Wolff dig into this moment and the other major turning points in the premiere episode — including a frightening medical incident, the strategy behind the new “Sweat vs. Savvy” and the very shocking twist at Tribal Council. But first, Devens details just how much preparation and sacrifice each castaway makes leading up to their time on the island. Jeff Probst then shares a behind-the-scenes look at the approach to designing the game for the new, longer 90-minute TV episodes, how the castaways are organized into their tribes, and just how he felt during the tribal council that nobody expected.  Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week’s headline: “Over-Sharing.” Jeff, Jay and Rick discuss how making connections and building deeper relationships are critical to help savvy Survivor players move through the game. Sharing secrets is a great way to build trust, but how do you know WHEN to share them and WHO to share them with? For example, Drew shares his advantage with the Reba tribe as soon as he returns from his journey — was that the right approach? From Hidden Immunity Idols to lost votes, this week is full of risky situations that test their loyalty and force players to trust each other. Jeff also shares an Easter egg in the show’s main title, discusses Survivor’s footprint in Fiji, and takes you behind the scenes of how camera operators capture secret castaway activities (often with hidden idols under their noses).  Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit pplus.legal/subscription for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you know if someone is lying if you haven’t had an opportunity to test their loyalty? When a tribe like Lulu continually faces Tribal Council, trust gets tested with each vote. But for tribes like Reba and Belo who have yet to cast a vote, insecurities only grow as time goes on. Jeff, Jay and Rick dig into Survivor 45 episode 3 which was full of emotional highs and lows. The “Lulu losers” finally win a challenge, giving Kaleb the all-new “Goodwill Advantage” designed to forge future alliances. Speaking of goodwill, Drew’s strategy of sharing his wins is paying off when Kaleb gives him the reward — will Drew come for Rick’s record for advantages won? After all, it’s not about how many advantages you win, but what you do with them...like Sabiyah barbecuing an idol at Tribal... Jeff also shares how they created the elaborate hunt for the Idol — despite the plans, he has no sense of how it will all play out. It’s a true testament to the show’s production teams, whose next-level cinematography skills bring the emotion of the Survivor experience to the screen. Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit pplus.legal/subscription for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We Are Switching Tribes

We Are Switching Tribes

2023-10-1939:152

Drop your Buffs®! We are switching tribes—Jeff discusses how they approached the first tribe swap of the new era from the producer's perspective. Some core alliances—Dee and Julie, Drew and Austin—made it through the swap while others, like Brando and Kellie, are now on opposing teams. Rick shares his personal experience of what runs through a castaway’s mind when the new buffs are drawn and talks about some lone wolves—like Emily—who have an opportunity to completely change their gameplay. With a new chance to make moves and test their social games, how will players’ loyalties shake out? Jeff also speaks to how influential Survivor’s editors can be in telling stories from the player’s point-of-view—like unpacking the friction between Katurah and Bruce through Katurah’s eyes rather than Bruce’s. With so many twists and turns in one episode, how could we ignore the shocking departure at Tribal Council? Jeff, Jay, and Rick have different thoughts about who would leave but no one expected another castaway to ask to be voted out in yet another emotional tribal speech. Jeff also answers listeners' questions about previous Survivor traditions he’d like to bring back and the chances of a Tribal Council where everyone loses their vote. And get ready—Jeff braces for the return of "This Is Why You Suck". Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit pplus.legal/subscription for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feeling the Hunger

Feeling the Hunger

2023-10-2646:061

Ten days in, the Survivor castaways all share one common feeling: hunger. Jeff dives into how a player’s mental clarity, physical energy, and emotions are impacted by no food and why that's a critical part of the game design. Speaking of hunger, would you pick an advantage over a sandwich? Austin, J, and Kellie are faced with this decision and their shared dilemma may inspire a new alliance - Rick, Jeff and Jay dive into the double-edged sword of any shared advantage. Later, they discuss fake idols, including Sifu's, and Rick, an idol master in his own right, shares what it takes to put together multiple fake idols out on the island. And, they discuss voting for a future merge, when nothing on Survivor is guaranteed.  Watch the latest episode of Survivor every Wednesday on CBS and Paramount+ and then catch all-new episodes of “On Fire” right after the show. You can watch Survivor and more on Paramount+. Subscribe at paramountplus.com and use the code SURVIVOR45 by 12/20/23 and get your 1st month of Paramount+ on us. Must be age of majority to subscribe, US only. Payment method required. Terms and conditions apply. Visit pplus.legal/subscription for more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (12)

Loleita Green-Reid

I think you should have a survivor episode just for people over sixty for 14 days only

Feb 29th
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Loleita Green-Reid

what is the criteria to be a part of survivor cast

Feb 29th
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Karen Phillips

I am really enjoying listening to this show. Thanks Jeff for giving us super fans info on what goes into the making of each show!

Dec 16th
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Charleen Worsham

best party at the island on the lake ever - survivor knock off. has it really been ~20yrs?

Apr 17th
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Claudia Morken

very informative 😄 and Jeff , don't cut your hair! You look great!

Mar 24th
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Claudia Morken

I really enjoy this podcast! I love Survivor and hearing about the process.

Mar 17th
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Sandy Arnold

Jeff is one of the best things about Survivor! I would hate it without him.

Mar 11th
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Richard Mitosis

how do we submit questions to the podcast

Mar 2nd
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Richard Mitosis

second chance players.. ugh... so far.. most annoying cast this far.. I'm getting old.. genz annoying

Mar 2nd
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