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Jeff Probst Reveals the Surprising Way Jimmy Fallon Is Involved in 'Survivor: Island of the Idols'!

Jeff Probst Reveals the Surprising Way Jimmy Fallon Is Involved in 'Survivor: Island of the Idols'!

Jeff Probst revealed someone surprising is behind one of the twists of this season of Survivor: Jimmy Fallon!

The host of the long-running CBS competition series revealed the news to THR on Wednesday (September 25) following the show’s Season 39 premiere.

In the new season, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine – two veterans of the series who return to mentor the new castaways – secretly attend the tribal council in a private viewing. And as it turns out, that was Jimmy‘s idea!

The Tonight Show host and Survivor fan came up with the idea.

Jeff probably regrets giving me his email after he was on my show a few years ago. I use it all the time. I will have ideas in the middle of the night and just shoot off a short email and say ‘Is this anything?’ Now and then he’ll respond with: ‘This email is no longer in use.’ But I know he’s reading them!” Jimmy said to THR.

“We thought it was a great idea, but we could never make sense of it. Why would you bring a player back to secretly spy on Tribal? We weren’t sure about it. When the [Island of the Idols] idea took flight, we thought this was the time. This is when we can use the secret Jimmy Fallon viewing booth — the Fallon Booth,” Jeff explained.

Jimmy also has other ideas!

“I had one long idea once where the two tribes finally become one only to find Survivor Australia is filming their season on the same island and now those two tribes have to go at it. It’s a double season! Or something…I think. Jeff hasn’t got back to me on that one.”

For more about his surprise involvement in the season, head to

READ MORE: ‘Survivor’ Fall 2019 Contestants Revealed – Meet Season 39′s 20 Castaways

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