Jeff Probst and Julie Berry broke up; Richard Hatch smuggled matches in his ass

Survivor host Jeff Probst and Vanuatu contestant Julie Berry are no longer together.

“Sadly, Julie and I are not dating anymore. But it was a good love affair,” Jeff told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He doesn’t reveal what happened. Three years ago, after their relationship became public, he called her “the love of my life.”

Also in the interview, Jeff reveals that during Survivor All Stars, Richard Hatch, who was the first player eliminated from his tribe, smuggled matches in his ass. Literally. He says that during that season, “a guy put matches in a little container up his bum. We were watching Richard who is our most infamous survivor of all time. … We decided to make it really hard and not give him flint for six days. Richard was like, ‘I am not really worried.’ Our producers said, ‘It’s weird.’ Suddenly his group had fire. I don’t remember who it was but somebody tracked it down and found this little vial. So we now strip search everyone.”

Meanwhile, Probst made a brief, uncredited appearance on Dancing with the Stars 6 last night. Tom Bergeron seemed to have lost his voice or perhaps was even choking, and he looked off-camera and said, “Would you do this one?” Jeff came into the frame, dressed in all black, and introduced the next segment. He was never mentioned by name. Both, incidentally, are likely nominees for the first reality show host Emmy.

Jeff Probst has survived and seen ‘em all [Philippine Daily Inquirer]

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