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Survivor: Nicaragua — Jeff Probst Explains Why Quitters Make The Jury

December 08, 2010 04:00 PM by Ryan Haidet

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Survivor fans are irate.  Having anybody quit the game is a despicable concept.  But having two?!?!   Now many consistent viewers are upset both of last week’s quitters, NaOnka Mixon and “Purple Kelly” Shinn, will have a vote on the jury.  Why on earth would these two players — or losers — have any credibility when casting a ballot for the winner of Survivor: Nicaragua when they couldn’t even stick it out themselves?  How do they deserve to sit next to other players who were actually voted out and earned their place as a jury member?  In a recent blog posting, host Jeff Probst explains the reasoning behind allowing NaOnka and Kelly to sit on the jury.  Read on to find out the dirt!

Remember the name Janu Tornell?  She was the first person ever to experience Exile Island after losing a challenge during the 10th season of the show — Survivor: Palau.  At one Tribal Council, Janu decided she had enough and was ready to quit the competition.  “Janu quit the game but was allowed to be on the jury, so we used the same reasoning with NaOnka and Purple Kelly,” Probst explains on his EW.com blog.  “It wasn’t an emotional decision, just an issue of fairness.”

But that explanation of precedent didn’t seem to give good enough reason for fans who were posting comments on Probst’s blog.  In response, Probst offered an update a few hours later trying to reveal more about the controversial decision.  He wrote that Janu was kept on the jury because somebody left in the game who was aligned with her may have also suffered by not earning that vote to win.  “If that person made it to the final and NaOnka and Purple Kelly were not on the jury that could make a case that it was ‘unfair’ based on the precedent set with Janu,” Probst writes.

While saying the producers “always strive to be fair,” Probst says they will certainly be looking at a way to change the rules if something like this ever arises again.

Let’s hope it doesn’t.

The finale comes on Sunday, December 19.

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Source: EW.com.

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