A chatty, friendly guy, Jeff talked about some of the interesting yet not well-known elements and incidents in the long-running reality show that he has seen and experienced.
What things are the contestants allowed to bring? But they use condoms for different things, too. They get creative and realize that they can use the condom to somehow help them survive. Other things like toothbrush—no. They go in the ocean. So how well do you know them for just-in-case medical situations?
They are not allowed to bring anything. We strip search everybody—literally. Because when we did an all-star season, a guy put matches in a little container up his bum. We were watching Richard who is our most infamous survivor of all time. He is now in prison for not paying his taxes on the cash prize that he won on the show.
We decided to make it really hard and not give him flint for six days. So we now strip search everyone. Cars, net worth, where he lives, job, any STDs sexually transmitted diseases , any augmentation to his body, has he been in therapy, has he been arrested—everything.
Then we chart them. What are the dots for? Red means probably not going to get on the show because he is borderline out of his mind. You do want some quiet people, some great storytellers.
Has any contestant been in real danger? Our biggest danger was in the second season when a guy literally fell into a fire. But we will also have a producer back there who would immediately radio for medical emergency. We had a guy who had a huge cyst on the side of his neck.
The doctors cut it open because it was a boil. Any time, any of our doctors can come in and say someone is out of the game. We had a guy whose bladder, his bowel movement and everything stopped. His stomach was just distended.
He was in huge pain. He fought it for like three days. How did you fall in love with Julie Berry, who was one of the contestants? Did you read her 8 x 10 profile? Sadly, Julie and I are not dating anymore. But it was a good love affair. Honestly, I was so struck by her beauty when she walked in. I threw the paper down.