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'Survivor': Typhoon Haiyan relief effort

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Survivor host Jeff Probst and some of the show’s contestants that competed in the Philippines are now doing their part to help raise money for the country that was hammered by Typhoon Haiyan. Probst and former players like Lisa Whelchel, John Cochran, Malcolm Freberg, Phillip Sheppard, and Jonathan Penner will be participating in a CBS television stations – Red Cross fundraiser for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that will be taking place on CBS-owned TV stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Probst and the contestants will be speaking and answering phones to raise money for the American Red Cross relief effort. In addition, Probst is recording a Red Cross PSA for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that will air immediately after Wednesday’s episode of Survivor and direct people to the Red Cross to donate.

Survivor is currently airing the third out of four seasons that were shot consecutively in the Philippines. Fall 2012’s Survivor: Philippines and spring 2013’s Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites were both shot in Caramoan, while the current Blood vs. Water installment as well as next spring’s season (which was filmed over the summer) were shot in the Cagayan province.

This is not the first time the show has filmed in a country that would soon after experience a tragedy. In 2009, just weeks after Survivor finished filming the Heroes vs. Villains season in Samoa, a deadly tsunami ravaged the island of Upolo where the show was set, completely destroying structures such as the area where contestants stayed before the game began and after they were voted out. The show later returned to Samoa in 2011 to film the South Pacific and One World seasons. (Survivor also was in the middle of filming the Survivor: Fiji season in 2006 when a military coup broke out in the country.) In Los Angeles, the on-air fundraiser will take place from 6am-6:30pm. And if you’d like to donate to the relief effort, please click here.