Obama speech writer Jon Lovett to compete on next season of Survivor

Former President Barack Obama's speechwriter Jon Lovett is all set to compete on the latest season of Survivor.

The podcaster and co-founder of Crooked Media will be fighting to win on the hit reality show's 47th season - which reportedly began filming in Fiji last week.

At the end of the finale of season 46 on Wednesday night, host Jeff Probst shared a sneak peek at the next season of the famed franchise.

Viewers could hear Lovett say: 'I have no outdoor skills, what am I doing here?

'I went camping as a cub scout. I threw up and went home.'

Jon Lovett, former President Barack Obama's speechwriter, podcaster and co-founder of Crooked Media will be fighting to win on the latest season of Survivor

Jon Lovett, former President Barack Obama's speechwriter, podcaster and co-founder of Crooked Media will be fighting to win on the latest season of Survivor

Lovett's former Obama administration colleague and fellow Crooked Media founder Jon Favreau shared the clip on X and wrote a supportive message for him.

'What did I tell you? Eat Pray Lovett.'

The show is known to leave a group of 18 people - divided into three tribes of six - stranded on remote islands.

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Airing on CBS, participants are seen running, swimming, solving puzzles, enduring challenges for rewards and saving themselves from elimination.

The contestants are eliminated from the game at every new level through voting until only two or three remain.

At that point, the contestants who were eliminated vote for the game's winner who is given the title of 'Sole Survivor' and are awarded a $1,000,000 cash prize.

While most of the contestants are not famous, there have been a handful of high-profile individuals who have taken to the jungles to prove that they can endure the unique challenges that the show has to offer.

Ex-NFL player Steve Wright, Country singer Whitney Duncan, former actress Lisa Whelchel, White Lotus writer Mike White and Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel have all competed on the show in the past.

What did I tell you?

Eat Pray Lovett https://t.co/Xc4gGf3feP

— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 23, 2024

News of Lovett's participation comes two months after he and other Obama staff alumni expressed concerns about President Joe Biden's political struggles surrounding his age.

Favreau emphasized that voters already viewed Biden as old, and criticized attempts by the Biden team to dismiss the issue.

Favreau said he personally believed that Biden was mentally sharp, but that on-camera he frequently appeared 'mumbly.'

'If you watch Joe Biden speak, oftentimes he sounds frail and he sounds more frail than he used to, even in 2019 and 2020,' Favreau said on the Pod Save America podcast. 'The voice sounds frail and he shuffles more because of the arthritis in his back.'

Ex President Obama meets with his then speechwriters Jon Favreau(left),  David Plouffe (middle) and Jonathan Lovett (right)

Ex President Obama meets with his then speechwriters Jon Favreau(left),  David Plouffe (middle) and Jonathan Lovett (right)

Favreau pointed to polls showing as high as 80 percent of Americans expressing concerns about Biden's age, and said it was not just a media driven side-show narrative.

'In the last NBC poll, more people were concerned about Biden's age than Trump's f****g 91 felony counts,' he said.

He argued that Biden needed to get out on camera more to assuage voter's concerns about his age.

'When world events seem like they are overtaking him and he's not out there enough forcefully, that's what's getting people concerned,' he said.

Lovett agreed, arguing that the Biden team needed to get the president out in public to demonstrate his mental and physical abilities even if they were worried about the possibility of more mistakes.

'I'm sure that going out there more means more missteps ... more gaffes that start circulating but if you don't view Biden being out there more as a net-positive then the argument he shouldn't be running is right,' he said.

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett

Lovett expressed concerns about President Joe Biden 's political struggles surrounding his age in February on his podcast

Favreau said Biden needed to start acknowledging concerns about his age, noting that voters could see for themselves the visible decline

Favreau said Biden needed to start acknowledging concerns about his age, noting that voters could see for themselves the visible decline

Favreau said Biden needed to start acknowledging concerns about his age, noting that voters could see for themselves the visible decline.

'I think he has to acknowledge people's concerns, stop being defensive,' he said, pointing to the president's angry reaction to reporters asking him about his age. 'The yelling at the media ... I don't think it's effective.'

Lovett agreed once again and said: 'You can't be angrily defending yourself, because even if you're making a good argument about why you're up for the job, you're also making an argument that you've been somehow overtaken by events.

Former Obama senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer also expressed his concerns about the issue of Biden's age.

'It is a very real issue ... if Biden can't assuage particularly among his voters from 2020, then I don't think he can win the election, so it some ways its the crux for his campaign,' he said in an interview.

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