December 01, 2011 08:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
Moments after last night’s episode of Survivor: South Pacific started, host Jeff Probst responded to a Tweet that was critical of the way he offers commentary at challenges. “I really wish you would shut up during challenges,” the person Tweeted. But this wasn’t one of those messages that Probst just let disappear in the mix of all the posts he gets on Wednesday nights. Oh, no. “Kiss my ass — how’s that? ” Probst responded. But that’s not the only way Probst answered the Tweet. He also turned to his Tout twice to offer his responses — and it was pretty funny. Read on to see how Jeff handled this criticism and to watch both of his Tout responses!
Probst’s initial “Kiss my ass — how about that? ” response was also posted on his Facebook account, which brought tons of supportive comments. One person wrote, “You tell him, Jeff!” Another wrote, “That’s his job, what do they expect him to do? I love the commenting. Makes me laugh sometimes.” One other person posted, “The guy is just jealous because he doesn’t have your abilities, Jeff.”
To make things even funnier, Probst then posted a pair of Touts (watch both below) in which he commented on the way he offers commentary during the challenges. The first Tout response came during the three-way duel at Redemption Island with Ozzy, Dawn and Whitney. “This is a special Tout to all of you who hate that I talk during challenges. I’m now gonna talk while watching me talking during a challenge. ‘Oooh, there goes a light blue plate. Dawn, this is a million dollar challenge.’ He’s good!
Then he posted the second Tout response during the Reward/Immunity challenge. “OK, I’m gonna comment a little more on my commentary. ‘Probst doing a great job of commenting right now. He’s quiet. Now he’s talking, it’s really good! And he’s talking some more!”
I know there are a lot of Survivor fans who are very critical of the way Jeff hosts the show. My response? Get over it! Jeff is an essential element to the success of the show whether you want to admit it or not. He’s worked hard to interact with all of us fans through his blogs, Tweets and Touts — but it always seems like there are a few who are too fast to jump down his throat when he does one thing they disagree with. Like him or not, Jeff is a major part of Survivor. You guys should be thanking him for being so willing to communicate with fans. You don’t see that from many other television hosts! Go Jeff!
What do you think? Do you like how Probst offers commentary during the challenges? Why or why not? Do you think the fan was being too critical? What do you think of Probst’s responses? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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