Survivor host and three-time Emmy winner Jeff Probst has closed a deal with CBS TV Distribution to host a one-hour daytime talk show starting in fall 2012. He joins an ever-growing pack of celebs (Katie Couric and Ricki Lake, among them) looking to fill the void in daytime now that Oprah Winfrey has departed.
“I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level,” Probst said in a statement. “As I continue with Survivor, I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime.” Probst has talk show experience, filling in for both Regis Philbin on Live With Regis and Kelly and Larry King on Larry King Live. The new show will cover everything from newsmakers to ordinary families in extraordinary circumstances.
With Survivor now filming its 23rd and 24th seasons in Samoa, many have wondered how long that show will continue. Since the program now films both of its installments during the summer, Probst could pull double duty and continue to host the reality franchise into fall 2012 and beyond while also doing his new talk show. Or, the still untitled new venture could end up being his transition off the island.
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