Jeff Probst is taking coronavirus concerns seriously by postponing the filming of Survivor's next season. Season 41 of the show, which was originally scheduled to begin filming in Fiji's Mamanuca Islands on March 24th, will not commence production until later in May. This change in filming schedule also affects season 42 of Survivor, which previously had a planned production date of May 24th.
Probst's letter to the Survivor crew about coronavirus concern
Probst confirmed this delay in production through a letter that he sent out to all involved in season 41 of Survivor. In an exclusive for Entertainment Weekly, the contents of his letter have been made public. "Hey Survivor crew," Probst wrote. "Due to the growing short-term uncertainty surrounding the global spread of COVID-19 and the corresponding desire for the continued well-being of our amazing crew, we have decided to push back our start date for Survivor season 41".
Probst says decision was made "for the well-being" of his crew
He goes on to say how even though there haven't been any reported cases of coronavirus in Fiji, the show has decided to take preventative measures due to its global crew and the uncertain nature of the illness. "It is out of concern for the well-being of all of you that we have taken this step," Probst continued. "Our intention is to begin production after the S40 live show. Therefore, subject to new information, our new planned start date for production would be on or about May 19th, 2020. Our intention is to still to shoot both seasons 41 and 42".
Probst concluded the letter on a reassuring note, asserting that the Survivor team would handle the unforeseen issue. "We are the most experienced international television team in the world and for 20 years we have calmly and successfully managed a variety of production issues," he said. "We will navigate this one the same way".