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Mar 3, 2020

Jeff Probst, executive producer and host of the Emmy Award-winning CBS show Survivor, visits Talks at Google to discuss the success of Survivor’s 20 year run in celebration of CBS Survivor’s 20th anniversary and its season 40 premiere.

Jeff discusses everything from how he got his start with this “crazy social experiment” to what has made Survivor so successful, as well as what we should expect for Season 40. Jeff even shares publicly for the first time the moment he knew the show was something special.

Survivor 40th Season Teaser:

This edition features 20 legendary winners of Survivor who will return to compete against each other. The 20th anniversary edition of the groundbreaking series unites the most memorable, heroic and celebrated champions from the past two decades in the biggest battle in the show's history, as the series' best strategists of all time fight to earn the title of Sole Survivor again. These returning masterminds will compete in epic challenges, face the return of Edge of Extinction, which gives voted-out players a second shot to win, and tackle a brand new layer of the game with the introduction of fire tokens. Fire tokens will serve as currency on the island and add more complexity to the already intense battle. The new twist allows players to use the tokens to buy advantages to help players stay in the game or get themselves back in the game. Additionally, the winner of this historic season will be awarded $2 million, the largest prize in reality show history.

CBS Survivor’s 40th season, "Winners at War," premiered February 12th, 2020. To watch, please visit:

To check out the flashback to Season 1, visit:

Moderated by Dean Kowalski, who recently finished 2nd on Survivor’s 39th season.

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