He’s mastered the tribal council, but can Jeff Probst rule daytime?
The longtime Survivor host will officially debut his new daytime talk show, Jeff Probst, in the fall of 2012, CBS Television Distribution announced Thursday.
The syndicated show has already been sold in more than 55 percent of the country for next fall. Hosted and executive-produced by Probst, the self-titled show will cover everything from relationships and family dynamics to newsmakers.
“I’m fascinated with people,” Probst said. “And I love adventure. I can’t wait to bring these two worlds together in daytime, and the added bonus is I get to continue with Survivor in prime time.”
In addition to hosting 23 seasons of Survivor, Probst has cut his teeth on talk shows as a frequent substitute host on Live with Regis and Kelly. “Stations enthusiastically embraced our and Jeff’s vision for re-creating the classic talk show,” CBS Television Distribution’s president, John Nogawski said in a statement. “Jeff developed his listening and storytelling skills on the prime-time hit Survivor, and his hosting appeal was cemented on Live With Regis and Kelly and Larry King Live. Jeff has the ingredients to become an instant asset to stations and provide a strong lead in to their newscasts.”
Probst, 49, has won four Emmys for outstanding reality host for his work on Survivor, and he is the only winner in that category since it started in 2008.