How Tyler Perry Completely Changed This Season of 'Survivor'

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Host, Jeff Probst, with SURVIVOR fan Tyler Perry during the live reunion show broadcast from Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 21 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS
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Survivor: Cagayan winner Tony Vlachos wouldn't have that $1 million if not for the three (!) hidden immunity idols he found during the season, including the "special powers" idol that allowed the bearer to use it after the votes were read.

Funnily enough, the idea for that special idol came from none other than hugely successful writer-director-producer Tyler Perry, of the hit Madea movies. Host Jeff Probst revealed in February that it was Perry (a huge fan of the show) who suggested the idol's return.

[Related: How Did Tony Win 'Survivor'? Find Out With Our Recap]

Many Survivor fans protested in outrage (though, a similar idol had been used in two previous seasons), saying that such a "get out of jail free" card was too powerful.

And guess what? Perry himself agreed!

On Wednesday night's reunion show, Perry admitted he "wasn't happy" with how the special idol was used.

"I just did not want Tony to find that damn idol," he said. "I wanted Spencer [Bledsoe] to find it or Tasha [Fox] to find it."

On a Reddit AMA recently, Probst explained that the production team didn't think anyone would find the special power, as there were no clues to it. Instead, they merely wanted the threat of it to upset the balance of the game. The ever-scheming Tony dug around until he found it, then lied that he could use the special idol during the final four.

"Nobody anticipated Tony finding it along with the other two — and we never even considered he would lie about its power," Probst wrote in the AMA.

As for the backlash about the "Tyler Perry idol," when Probst asked the live reunion audience if they wanted Spencer to find it, they cheered heartily.

That "showed that it wasn't the idol people objected to, it was the fact that Tony was the one who found it," Probst told Yahoo TV via email.

But considering the reaction, would Probst want the special idol to return in future seasons? "The plan with that idol was always to be a one off. So if it returns in a future season it would probably be in a similar manner," he explained to us. "Perhaps the biggest thing to come from the special idol is that Tony lied about its use. That may become a factor in future seasons — trusting the power of an idol."

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Fans often bat around other ideas for different advantages in the game, but Probst believes idols "serve their purpose — save you from tribal."

As for mega-Survivor fan Perry, well, he's still got Probst on Twitter speed dial. Who knows what crazy idea he'll come up for next season! (Yahoo TV reached out to Perry for comment, but he was unavailable.)

It'll definitely have to be a good one, though, if the upcoming edition (another take on the "Blood vs. Water" twist) wants to compete with Cagayan, a season Probst rated "one of the best ever. Maybe the best."

"The group of players were the most competitive group we've ever had," he told us. "I really hope it sends a signal to future players. Good aggressive gameplay brings you much more respect as a player and equals a better season in general."