Dec 15, 2008, 08:53 AM | by Jeff Probst
Categories: 'Survivor', About Last Night, Reality TV, Television, Things That Are Awesome!
Survivorgabon_lPreface: It's late. I'm beat. I mean wiped out. I'm sitting on my couch banging this out, so forgive me if it's not the most entertaining blog of the season. (For more on last night's finale, including who won, follow the jump.)
Bob wins!! I'm happy. I really think he deserved it. I love that he's 57 and our oldest winner — we need more people over 50 playing this game. I was a bit annoyed with Bob about one thing...during the show Bob was so long winded, always ready with another story about this or that. We get to the live reunion show and he's suddenly the shy girl in the corner with braces and a ponytail, who doesn't want to be there. Bob, you made it tough, but I'm still happy for you.
If Susie had won I don't know what I would have said or how I would have justified such a decision by the jury. Yes, Susie did a good job making it far enough to put her in a position to have a shot at the money. But to get three votes and nearly get a fourth vote from Randy really surprised me.
Equally surprising was that Sugar received no votes. Not one jury member thought she was worthy of a vote. I'm guessing there's a "bitter Betty" pill going around in that bunch. They're mad that she had a hand in voting them out, and they're gonna show her by not rewarding her hard work. There is no doubt about it, Sugar played a pretty damn good game.
If this were a "fair" game, which it often is not – Sugar would have received a few votes and Susie would have none. To future Survivor contestants. If you make it to the jury, try to just let the anger and envy go and see the big picture. You got your ass kicked – no way around it – now quit being a baby and reward the person who kicked your ass by giving them your vote.
Tired update: My eyes are starting to close. Forgive me but it's been a long week.
Highlight of the night: Corinne. Case settled. She is a bitch and she loves it and she might be nuts and if she's dating somebody…wow, that must be a crazy life. Some highs, some lows, and some "I gotta get out of here. She's gonna stab me in the face!" Corinne, you were great tonight, don't beat yourself up. You were funny and you secured your spot as Queen Bitch of Survivor. Congratulations.
Randy was also a bit of a let down on the reunion show. He has a very interesting story, which he shared with me before the show. But it was like pulling teeth getting him to share any of it tonight. It's okay, bro, I still love you, but you failed to live up to the standards you set while on the show. You went out with a bit of a whimper…but you got a lot of laughs and so in that sense I am happy to be your straight man.
Crystal, you earned my respect by owning your poor performance. Nicely done.
Kenny. Same thing. You earned major kudos by owning the fact that you got cocky and you got played. One question: Who was Kenny talking to? It was so odd, as he kept looking out to the audience or down to his feet or over to the side or anywhere but to me, the guy asking the questions. I still love ya, bud. Nice job. You proved me wrong. I thought you'd be voted out first or second.
Bob winning the Sprint Player of the Season – I think this was the most satisfying part for me because it says one thing very clearly: The person that the audience most liked…won the game. That's fantastic. I love it when that happens.
Okay, you guys want me to be candid – I am too tired to finish the blog. I'm sorry. I can't even spell check this thing. It's all a big blur.
I hope you will forgive me.
I have loved blogging with you guys. I have loved all of the feedback. So fun to have this exchange. Thank you for letting me air out some of my inner dialogue. With the money I saved, I just bought myself an iPhone.
Survivor: Brazil is going to be very different from Gabon. A lot of likable people and a very differently played game. I think you are going to like it.
Dalton, thanks for the space. Let's do it again next season.
I'll be sound asleep while most of you are reading this. Good morning.