According to a personal blog posting, the show host claimed that Hantz is the rightful victor.
"If I were playing Survivor, no matter how much I despised someone, if they kicked my ass in the game I would give it to them. Period. Outwit. Outplay. Nobody outwitted or outplayed Russell. Not even close," he wrote.
Instead, the jury handed the prize to pharmaceutical sales rep Natalie White, which Probst said was the result of a "bitter" jury.
He continued: "I think Russell was the victim of a jury of bitter people. I am not taking anything away from Natalie, she clearly did a great job of reading the group dynamic of the jury and as a result, she deserves the money. I do not believe the jury voted for Natalie, I believe the jury voted against Russell."
Probst added: "Often times on Survivor, the vote does come down to a choice where a determining factor is 'how nice someone is' but that's usually when all other criteria being considered is equal. That doesn't hold up this season. This season was so lopsided in terms of one person (Russell) completely dominating the game that to not give him the money and the title is a bit silly."