Survivor ditches “Come on in guys!”
"I, too, want to be part of the moment," Jeff Probst tells Survivor contestants as he changes the script.
“The tribe has spoken….Immunity is back up for grabs…. Come on in guys… I’ll go tally the votes…”
The lingo by Jeff Probst is part of Survivor‘s DNA. But last night in the Season launch the host and executive producer signalled Season 41 was part of a new Survivor era.
He asked the show’s new 18 players if they felt OK with him continuing to use the phrase, “Come on in, guys.”
“I love saying it, it’s part of the show, but I, too, want to be part of the moment,” Probst said. He asked players if the word “guys” was still OK “in the context of ‘Survivor?'”
“I, as a woman, as a queer woman, do not feel excluded by ‘Guys,'” student Evvie Jagoda said, adding it’s “a signature expression.”
Probst asked if anyone disagreed and was met with silence.
But before the first immunity challenge, player Ricard Foyé, a 31-year-old flight attendant, indicated that he’d been thinking over the question.
Foyé said he didn’t have the “capacity” to really focus on the question earlier but now “fully agrees” with changing the word “guys” to be more inclusive.
“The reality is that Survivor has changed over the last 21 years, and those changes have allowed all of us – all of these brown people, Black people, Asian people, so many queer people – to be here simultaneously,” he explained.
Probst said that he agreed and “loved” that Foyé gave more thought to the question and had the courage to voice his opinion.
“I want to change it,” Probst said. “I’m glad that was the last time I will ever say it.”
From now on the phrase will just be “Come on in!”
No word if Australian Survivor will pose similar questions, nor if it is considered necessary.