CBS has hired Survivor host Jeff Probst to host a daytime talk show, and that new job may or may not co-exist alongside his other gig. That will give CBS two daytime talk shows hosted by its reality show hosts, since Julie Chen co-hosts The Talk.
Jeff’s new show will start in the fall of 2012, and since Survivor now films its seasons back to back in the summer, he could technically host both shows, if the talk show took a few months off in the summer. Jeff is signed through Survivor 24. Probst previously rejected taking Regis Philbin’s job, saying he didn’t want to commute to New York.
Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross notes that “Probst could pull double duty and continue to host the reality franchise into fall 2012” or “the still untitled new venture could end up being his transition off the island
In a statement likely to be released in a press release soon, Probst said, “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. As I continue with Survivor, I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime.”
In other press release quotes published by Hollywood Reporter, CBS executive Aaron Meyerson said, “Anyone who has seen Jeff on Survivor knows how he connects with people and has an instinct that makes him a natural and compelling host for daytime. Whether it’s a newsmaker-of-the-day, a celebrity or ordinary folks, Jeff will go further than typical discussion.”
And CBS Television Distribution president John Nogawski said, “He is interested in finding the answers to the same questions our audience is asking, which makes him relatable to both women and men.”