'Survivor' Plans Virtual Cast Reunion for Season 40 Finale as Coronavirus Continues to Spread

Survivor also delayed production on the upcoming season 41

This season’s Survivor reunion might look a little different thanks to the coronavirus.

Rather than bringing the entire cast together in-studio, the Survivor: Winners at War finale will feature virtual chats with the contestants.

While it’s unclear how the interviews will be incorporated into the three-hour finale episode, host Jeff Probst will discuss the season’s biggest highlights with all 20 players. During the episode, Probst will also crown the winner, who will take home the $2 million prize.

Jeff Probst
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Survivor season 40 featured 20 previous winners fighting for the title of Sole Survivor once more. The finale is scheduled to air May 13.

This isn’t the only way the coronavirus has impacted the show. Last month, Survivor delayed production on the upcoming season 41. At the time, a CBS spokesperson confirmed they planned to resume on May 19.

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“Due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally, CBS and the producers of Survivor have taken the precautionary measure to delay production on the 41st season, which was set to begin filming later this month in Fiji,” the spokesperson said. “Pending worldwide events, the plan is to return to production on May 19th. The health and safety of the castaways and production members is our top priority.”

Survivor: Winners at War airs Wednesdays (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.

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