Dalton Ross
February 01, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Jeff Probst and Jonny Fairplay’s feud

The Fans vs. Favorites battle is merely the undercard to the main bout in Survivor: Micronesia — Jonny Fairplay versus Jeff Probst. Bad blood between the two extends back to the 2004 Survivor: Vanuatu finale after-party, when the reality TV villain (who has since appeared on shows like Fear Factor and Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge) got into a heated argument with the host’s brother and was subsequently tossed from the soiree and banned from all Survivor events. ”Do I hate him?” asks Fairplay. ”Absolutely. And I think he would say the same about myself.” So the question remains: How did he make the cut for Micronesia? He certainly wasn’t on Probst’s short list. ”My first vote was we don’t need him,” says Probst. ”Send him home. Make a point that there is a level of participant that we don’t need on this show. CBS said, ‘That’s interesting, Jeff — you can leave now.’ So my vote doesn’t count for anything.”

Fairplay, predictably, is ready to push Probst’s buttons. ”I heard he didn’t want me here. If that’s the case, I will enjoy making his life more miserable.” ”He can take all the shots he wants,” responds Probst. ”I just have to make sure that all my shots are retaliation. I will never shoot first. I’m not that dumb. The game needs to be fair. I get that.” As much as Probst may loathe Fairplay the person, he appreciates what the villain brings to the game as a ”character,” especially since the host is confident he can handle the rabble-rouser. ”I hope he lasts,” says Probst. ”Fairplay is fun to go at because I feel like I can eat his lunch all day every day and pack it for him and steal it again.” Game on!

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