Jeff Probst will continue hosting Survivor as he launches his daytime talk show

Jeff Probst’s new daytime talk show won’t affect his hosting of Survivor, he says in a press release that announced the show has been sold in 16 of the top 20 television markets.

In a press release about that, Jeff said, “I’m fascinated with people. And I love adventure. I can’t wait to bring these two worlds together in daytime, and the added bonus is I get to continue with ‘Survivor’ in primetime.”

That answers a question that was unanswered when Probst’s talk show was announced this summer: whether he’d quit the show. It’s still possible, of course, that he’ll leave Survivor eventually, especially if that talk show takes off.

But the 2012-2013 seasons of Survivor will be filmed months earlier than usual; the previous schedule had the spring season finish production in September. So, a full year of the CBS reality series will be taped before his talk show launches, and he’ll have time to figure out if it works or not before returning to film the 2013-2014 seasons.

As to the talk show, it’s currently titled “Jeff Probst” and not, say, “Interactive Living Room,” has been distributed “to stations in more than 55% of the country for a fall 2012 launch,” and that includes “16 of the top 20 markets, including to stations from the following groups: CBS Television Stations, Gannett Broadcasting Group, Post-Newsweek Stations, Belo Corp, Cox Television, Scripps Howard Broadcasting and LIN Television.” In the release, CBS Television Distribution President John Nogawski said, “Stations enthusiastically embraced our and Jeff’s vision for re-creating the classic talk show.”

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