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It was a "Survivor" moment that must've had the crew chest bumping in the production booth. The newly minted "Idol Nullifier" advantage was played perfectly when Carl used it to cancel out Dan's idol and send him home. Buuut…as we well know, Dan was packing a couple of idols as recently as an episode ago. This begs the question; could that second idol have been played after his first idol was nullified?
I reached out to the man himself, “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, to get the answer to this burning question…
Gordon Holmes: OK, say Dan still has both of his idols. You do your bit where you say, “If anyone has an idol, now’s the time to play it.” Dan plays an idol. You say, “This is totally an idol, but an idol nullifier has been played against Dan. This idol doesn’t count.” Could Dan play that second idol or would that window have closed? The votes haven’t been read yet.
Jeff Probst: Yes, great game awareness. During the time from when I return with the votes and ask “if anyone has an idol…” to when I say “Okay, once the votes are read…“ is the time to play idols. Anybody can play an idol and you can play as many as you want. So if Dan still had a second idol he could have played it and would have been safe. The possibility of a nullifier being in the game may very well change how people manage their idols from this point forward.