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Jeff Probst: Chinese "Survivor" Season Will Use Island Setting

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Earlier reports of Survivor's 15th season being filmed in China stated a largely unexpected location that would result in the long-running CBS reality TV show filming in a non-island setting for the first time in years.

That apparently won't be the case, according to host Jeff Probst.

"I can't even pronounce it, I have to find China on the map first," said Probst during a visit to Live with Regis and Kelly, referencing a report that Survivor's Fall 2007 edition will film in the communist country. 

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Kella Ripa asked the face of Survivor what part of China the show would be visiting on a recent live broadcast.

"When I find it, then I'll zero in on the little group of islands we're going to," said Probst, who was filling in for regular Live co-host Regis Philbin.

As part of its Wednesday report that Survivor's 15th edition will film in China, Variety reported that although China's huge coastline includes thousands of islands, the move to China would take the show "away from an island setting" for the first time in several seasons.

Survivor: Guatemala, the show's Fall 2005 edition (its 11th season), was the most recent Survivor edition to film at an inland location.

During his appearance, Probst also urged viewers of the Mark Burnett-created series to make sure and tune in for the broadcast of the new Survivor: Fiji's 10th episode.

"I will say we have a great episode tonight, a great episode, a great Tribal Council," said Probst.

"If you are a Survivor fan, you're going to like tonight's episode [it's] a very good episode [with a] great Tribal Council."

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