Jeff Probst won’t take Regis Philbin’s job, but not just because of Survivor

Ever since Regis Philbin announced he was retiring from Live with Regis and Kelly, Jeff Probst has been mentioned as a possible replacement, which makes sense because he’s a frequent fill-in host. But Jeff says he will not take that job, but not just because of Survivor; it’s also because he doesn’t want to move to New York City. Jeff has, in the past, said he would like to host one of the talk shows on which he’s an occasional substitute.

“I’m flattered to even be mentioned as a replacement. I love the idea of doing a daytime show, but for me the big obstacle is location. I have an amazing life in California and moving to New York right now is just not in the cards,” Jeff told People. The magazine reports that his contract renewal “reflects his happiness being a host and producer of the long-running reality series and he won’t soon leave for other opportunities.”

Jeff also pimped his live tweeting to the magazine, spreading word of his new creation, the “virtual living room.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.