According to host Jeff Probst, production had been talking about adding the juror removal twist for many years, but "...It just felt too soon to do it seven years ago, so we waited. And waited. And I think the timing was right.(...) Even though it ultimately did not have an impact on the vote, the idea is a fun one, as it gives players in the game an unusual bit of power."
On Day 38, a Reward Challenge was held with the Final Three where the winner would have the power to prevent a jury member of their choice from taking part at the Final Tribal Council. After winning the challenge, Michele Fitzgerald considered eliminating Joe del Campo for his unfaltering loyalty to Aubry Bracco, Neal Gottlieb for his loyalty to Aubry and persuasiveness, or Scot Pollard for being the victim of Tai Trang's biggest move in the game. At Tribal Council, Michele chose to vote Neal out of the jury. This was proven a correct choice, since it was revealed later that Neal would have voted for Aubry to win the game. At the Final Tribal Council, Michele was declared the Sole Survivor in a 5-2-0 vote.
- Although not part of a twist, production has had the right to bar quitters from the jury since Survivor: Redemption Island, as a result of NaOnka Mixon and Kelly Shinn being allowed to serve on the jury in Survivor: Nicaragua after their controversial double quit. Production may also bar from the jury any players who are ejected during that phase of the game, as was seen with Dan Spilo in Survivor: Island of the Idols.