Colby Donaldson joins Rachael Ray’s show

Survivor Australia runner-up Colby Donaldson is joining Rachael Ray’s daytime show as “a regularly featured ‘content buddy,’ hanging out at Ray’s kitchen table and dishing about what men really want,” according to Us Weekly. With Elisabeth Hasselbeck serving as The View women’s naive piñata, this makes him the second Survivor Australia to join a daytime TV show. That’s not exactly a trend, but it’s at least somewhat surprising.

Colby previously appeared on the show, doing a segment on which, Rachel Ray’s web site says, “Colby and the guys discuss hot-button topics like cheating, and how they’ve learned to the question: Does my butt look big in this?” He also appeared on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and mocked himself.

Of his new gig, Colby told Us, “Audiences first got to know me being myself on TV having a wild adventure. I’m thrilled to now be with Rachael Ray enjoying this daytime adventure with real people. I love hanging out with Rachael and the food perks are pretty great too! It’s good to know my days of eating bugs are over!” It’s also good to know that your days of referencing Survivor aren’t over, because without such references, people still don’t really know who he is.

Colby’s New Challenge: Surviving Rachael Ray [Us Weekly]

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