In that same podcast, Jeff Probst even revealed that had Sean Edwards not left the game, he probably wouldn’t have been voted out. According to Probst, interviews with the other Reba players suggested Nicholas “Sifu” Alsup — an original Reba member who remained in his tribe post-swap — was on the chopping block. Beyond that, though, Probst thinks Edwards could have been more honest about his reasons for quitting and even invoked the season’s first exit. In the Season 45 premiere, Probst and the Lulu tribe were all stunned when Hannah Rose quit the show, telling everybody that she simply hated the discomfort involved with “Survivor” and wanted to go home to a real bed and her normal life.
“So the reason Sean frustrated me is that I don’t think he owned it,” Probst said. “Hannah, equally frustrating, but she owned it. She said, ‘Look, I hate everything about ‘Survivor.’ Sean romanticized it. And I am happy that Sean’s in love. … I’m just saying that romanticizing it felt to me like maybe a way to soften the idea of being voted out fourth in a game you imagined winning.”
“I’m not beating up Sean,” Probst continued. “I really am not. If he found a deeper connection to his husband, that is ultimately what ‘Survivor’ is about — the experience. I’m just saying, owning it is also part of the experience.”