jeff probst survivor 320 'Survivor: Redemption Island's' Jeff Probst: 'I can feel the energy ... the audience is going to love it'With the impending return of Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz to “Survivor,” host Jeff Probst says that idea stemmed from their confrontation at the “Heroes vs. Villains” finale, where Rob said he’d kick Russell’s a** all over the beach.

“The thing with Rob and Russell is that, for whatever reason, they are now icons on our show,” says Probst. “I can feel the energy. I believe the audience is going to love it.”

But are people growing weary of Rob and Russell, as this is Rob’s fourth time out and Russell’s third?

“I don’t think anybody is going to be tired of seeing Russell, he’s too polarizing. If you hated him the first two times, you have to watch so you can enjoy hating him again,” says Probst. “Boston Rob is fascinating because he started as a villain, he was despised by people, and somehow he transformed into a hero.”

As for the two fellas, Russell is busy comparing himself to LeBron James and Rob is saying he wants “blood to be shed.” We can’t wait!

“Survivor: Redemption Island” premieres Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."