'Survivor's' Jeff Probst: Phillip Sheppard is John Candy from 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'
[Phillip] is everything and I mean everything you could ever ask for from a Survivor contestant. He is so damn sincere, so earnest. I truly can't get enough. I know a lot of you already hate him, save it for the comment section. I'm in Camp Phillip.
Philip is a real life version of "Del, the shower curtain ring guy" that John Candy played in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
If you've seen the movie you know what I'm talking about. Del is an overweight, loud mouthed, slightly inappropriate salesman that Steve Martin meets while both are stuck trying to get home during a snow storm. The entire time you're watching the movie, you can see why Del drives Steve Martin nuts. He's friggin annoying as hell! Del even says at one point, "I know I'm a easy target... but you know what? I like me... and my friends like me."
By the end of the movie, you not only like Del, you are rooting for Steve Martin to see what you see - that Del is a really good person. He's just different, that's all.
Aww, Jeff. You big softie. To read all of Jeff's thoughts, which are admittedly pretty funny and also shed interesting light on the show, check out the full post at his site. "Survivor" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.