Well, I read Dalton Ross' interview with Probst, and I am pretty disgusted with his answer to the question about the pre-jury seating. Be forewarned - this is a long rant.
EW: For the first time ever, anyone voted out before the jury was not invited to sit on the stage for the reunion show. Why is that and why was Brandon Hantz not invited to come to the reunion show?
PROBST: Regarding Brandon, we had a conversation and everyone, including Brandon, felt this was the best decision. Regarding the jury, the main reason was staging. We were on a new stage this year and our design couldnít accommodate the usual enormous amount of people we have at the reunion. But having done it once, we may do this same configuration again in the future. The truth is, itís very difficult to manage 20 people in an interview situation, and the staging last night was much more manageable. The hardest part of all of this is that it is so disappointing to the non-jury. I completely empathize with them feeling left out. Like it or not, the priority is for us to produce the best reunion show we can. Quite often when someone is voted out early they just donít have enough story to warrant a spot on the reunion show. It doesnít mean they arenít deserving people, they just didnít get to play long enough.
Oh, brother. As to the parts I put in bold:
1. I highly doubt Brandon would have agreed this was the best decision. All the Hantzes we have seen have shown themselves to be famewhores of the highest magnitude. Not one would ever turn down an opportunity to get his mug on TV to rant and rave about something and scream about how amazing he is.
2. Someone who is voted out early doesn't "have enough story to warrant a spot on the reunion show"???? REALLY? But an anonymous child and players from the first season do warrant a spot????? (LAME, LAME, LAME. And PATHETIC. Did I mention LAME?)
When Jeff said "The truth is, itís very difficult to manage 20 people in an interview situation" I about vomited. Give me a break. Here Jeff, I'll help you with some questions you could have asked quickly and easily of the people you didn't speak to. The questions could have been asked and answered in about the same amount of time it took for Malcolm to embarrass himself on the Bold & Beautiful and for the other nonsense interviews and tweets to take place.
Francesqua (ha, ha - couldn't resist): Did you get any grief about being the first person ever to have been voted out first twice?
Allie and Hope: Were you so enamored of Eddie and Reynold that you forgot basic math? How did you feel when you heard how they were talking about you later?
Shamar: How is your eye?
Laura: Can you tell us more about that bulge in Reynold's pants?
Julia: Was your strategy after the merge to try to fly under the radar?
Matt: Did you try in any way to infiltrate the Stealth R Us alliance, or did you just accept you were on the outs?
Michael: Were you offended by Corinne constantly calling you her gay?
Corinne: Did anyone notice that everyone who talked to Dawn about hatching a plan got voted out immediately?
Eddie: What is 2 + 2?
Erik: If you hadn't been pulled from the game, who would you have been trying to vote out next?
Sherri: What made you think you could get even one vote? Why didn't you bring up how you controlled the fan's tribe before the merge?
Jury: Who would have voted for Eddie if he was a finalist?
Now that wasn't so hard, was it?
Here's a link to the whole interview: Jeff Probst talks 'Survivor: Caramoan' finale and reunion | Inside TV | EW.com