Multiple Emmy winner and usually calm, cool and collected “Survivor” host Jeff Probst exploded and lost his cool on the Oct. 2 episode of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.” After repeat competitor, Colton Cumbie, tearfully announced that he was voluntarily quitting, rather than being voted off by his tribe, Probst vented his frustration by repeatedly stating, “You’re a quitter!”
Right before the team challenge, Colton let the tears flow and stated, “I can’t do this.” Jeff Probst, who was more than a little puzzled, asked, “Meaning what? You’re quitting again?” Cumbie competed on “Survivor: One World,” which took place near Samoa in 2012. He was not a popular contestant and was medically removed from the game after a supposed appendicitis attack. Kim Spradlin eventually went on to win the season and the $1 million prize.
On Wednesday night’s episode, a clearly aggravated Probst stated, “You came back for a second time because you said that you changed. You’re now doing the exact opposite.” Colton exclaimed that he couldn't care less for his current tribe and that his decision to exit stage left was right for him. Jeff went on to point out that his “care less” attitude was apparent because he was letting his tribe down in a game that’s all about numbers. He also called the surprising move “very selfish.” Just last week, Jeff told "Entertainment Weekly," "I wasn't sure what to expect from Colton. I could have done the season without him. You can only fake being who you really are so long out there in the elements."
Colton’s tribe mate, Tina Wesson, was just as flabbergasted as Jeff Probst and said, “The fact of the matter is Colton is having a hard time because we’re not playing Colton’s game. He knows he can’t win.”
Jeff Probst, who saw Colton compete previously, stated in a shocking admission, “Now, I can confirm that it’s the second time. The first time you faked appendicitis. Turns out you didn’t have it.” He then asked Colton if he wanted to own up to his lie. Colton replied, “I don’t know what it was. I mean, I was treated for a bacterial infection.” "People" reported that Cumbie received death threats after he was "medically" evacuated in 2012 and that he loved the term "evil queen" that was given to him during his first season of "Survivor."
On the latest episode of "Survivor," Cumbie went on to wail about how he is hated on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water.” He claimed that his back was up against the wall and that he didn’t like the person he was turning into. “You turned into that person before your back was against the wall,” Probst fired back. He then asked, “Is that how it goes, Colton? If things don’t go your way, you just stop?” Colton mumbled, “Maybe. I don’t know.”
After the confrontation, Jeff Probst officially declared that Colton Cumbie was out of the game. However, he didn’t let Colton throw his buff into the fire because “that’s for competitors.”
This edition of “Survivor,” themed “Blood vs. Water,” features ten former players that compete with - and ultimately against - their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor. Colton’s partner and 26-year-old fiancé, Caleb Bankston, was just as puzzled by Cumbie’s sudden departure. “My heart’s crumbling because he loves the game, so I don’t know why he couldn’t just stick it out,” he stated on camera.
After the big explosion and huge announcement, Colton’s team went on to win the all-important challenge. John Cody was blindsided by the newbies and now must face his wife, Candice, who competed on “Survivor: Cook Island” and “Heroes vs. Villains” on Redemption Island. The next episode should be very interesting, indeed. Stay tuned…
“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” airs at 8 p.m. EST every Wednesday night on CBS. To see Colton Cumbie talk about “Survivor” and his thoughts on being “the King,” be sure to watch the video above and to the left.
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