Jeff Probst this year won the inaugural Emmy for the Most Outstanding Reality Host, probably due to his years in the genre and the show being at the top of its game for so many years.
Probst is also king when it comes to building the drama and describing the state of play throughout challenges. It helps to interview the players at Tribal Council, with his years of experience gauging the success of the individuals and groups he is the perfect storyteller for reality viewers.
But Jeff sure loves his script too. Some of his lines are so regular as to reinforce the branding of the Survivor franchise. These days it just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t hear these weekly lines:
“Come on in guys!”
“_____ getting your first look at the new ____ tribe. _____ voted out at the last Tribal Council.”
“Guys ready to get to today’s reward / immunity challenge?”
“In addition, the winning tribe will send one member of the losing tribe to Exile Island. Worth playing for?”
“_____ you have one extra member, sitting somebody out, keeping in mind you cannot sit the same person out in back to back challenges.”
“Take a spot on the bench. Everybody else, give you a minute to strategise, we’ll get started.”
“Here we go, for reward / immunity, Survivors ready? Go!”
“[Winning tribe] wins reward /immunity!”
“[Losing tribe name] I’ve got nothing for you. Grab your stuff head back to camp.”
“We now bring in _____, returning from Exile Island”
“First things first. Once again immunity is back up for grabs.”
“It is time to vote. ____ you’re up.”
“I’ll go tally the votes.”
“Once the vote is read the decision is final. The person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately. I’ll read the votes.”
“____th person voted out of Survivor.”
“That’s __ that’s enough. Need to bring me your torch.”
“___ the tribe has spoken. Time for you to go.”
“Grab your torches, head back to camp. Goodnight.”
Meanwhile Phil Keoghan on The Amazing Race has more voice overs and less live performing -possibly a reason why he wasn’t even nominated in the same Emmy category, despite the show again winning an award.
Narration aside, here are some of Phil’s best lines:
“A road block is a task that only one person may perform. In this road block, ___________”
“In this detour teams have to choose between two tasks, _________. The choice _____ or _______.”
“[Describes Pit Stop] The last team to check in here, may be eliminated.”
“[Team names] you are team number….ONE!”
“[Team names] you’re the last team to arrive. I’m sorry to tell you, you have both been eliminated from the race.”
Keoghan also described irregular tasks including a Fast Forward, U Turn and Speed Bump.