“Survivor” host Jeff Probst is gearing up for a new adventure. Only this time it’s not out in the jungles of Africa, but in a nice comfy, air conditioned studio. He dished about how it all came about and what fans should expect when he sat down with the Television Critics Association on Sunday. “The Jeff Probst Show,” which will air on September 10, is destined to entertain and engage viewers. Whatever their destiny is, it will be interesting to see what this dimpled guy can do on the daytime circuit.
The show will be airing on NBC stations but is actually being distributed by CBS. It will feature many social issues following in the footsteps of Oprah and Phil Donahue. Probst said those two were his role models that he uses as the basis for his own show. His goal is to sway away from the celebrity driven topics and instead, incorporate more of his own private life with his new wife, Lisa Ann Russell. Jeff is now a stepdad to her kids, which will be a driven force to talk about these kinds of issues like blended families.
Speaking of his wife, it sounds like “Survivor” creator Mark Burnett may have been playing matchmaker for the couple. Probst mentioned that he met Lisa at a party and was quoted in a tweet by TV Guide Magazine as saying, “Mark Burnett has changed my life twice!” They will be spending lots of time together since she will be a big part of the upcoming show.
Don’t look for the 50-year-old to be snuffing out his own torch on the show that gave him his successful career. He will continue his hosting duties in the most exotic countries in between the talk show studio. He said that he will fly off to film two cycles of “Survivor,” May through July, after the talk show ends in April. Maybe Jeff and Lisa will sit down and discuss how to handle his complicated schedule with these two shows he is busy with.
Even though many felt that he got snubbed from this year’s Emmy nomination, Probst doesn’t seem to feel that way. Why would he? He has one of the most successful reality shows on TV, has landed his own show among other big names like Katie Couric and Ricki Lake, and has found a new love in his hectic life. Maybe the added ‘party rooms’ that he is planning might help differentiate from the rest. It sounds like the audience will be pampered before and after the show thanks to massage chairs and laptops. He said that he wants to make his audience feel at home. Somehow, that idea might just work!
Will you be checking out Jeff’s new talk show on September 10? Be sure to catch an all-new season of “Survivor” nine days later on September 19 when they head to the Philippines. It should be an exciting time for die-hard fans.