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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 November 1961Wichita, Kansas, USA
Birth NameJeffrey Lee Probst
Nickname The One Take Wonder
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jeff Probst is the Emmy Award-winning host of Survivor (2000). He won the inaugural Emmy for Best Reality Show Host in 2008 and again in 2009. Probst also received an Emmy as Host/Producer of Survivor (2000) back in 2001.

He was also voted one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People.

As a filmmaker, Probst wrote and directed the LionsGate released indie film, Finder's Fee (2001), starring Ryan Reynolds and Academy Award nominees James Earl Jones and Robert Forster.

Finder's Fee (2001) premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival where it won "Best Picture" and a "Best Director" award for Probst. Other awards: "Best Screenplay" at Method Fest, "Breakout Director" at Sonoma Film Fest. Probst was also selected as one of the "Ten Directors in the World to Watch" in a series presented by the American Cinematheque showcasing innovative and exciting new directors from around the world.

Probst previously served as host of VH1's Rock & Roll Jeopardy! (1998), hosted several programs for FX and traveled over 300,000 miles around the world as a correspondent for Access Hollywood (1996).

Prior to that, he hosted a variety of shows for KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle.

Probst hosts the "Howard Stern Celebrity Fan Roundtable" for Howard Stern on Sirius/XM radio.

Probst is a regular fill-in for Regis Philbin on Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) (aka "Live with Regis and Kelly").

In 2007, Probst founded The Serpentine Project a non-profit that empowers youth transitioning out of foster care to reach for their dreams by opening the door to possibilities.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Publicist

Spouse (2)

Lisa Ann Russell (5 December 2011 - present)
Shelley Wright (25 February 1996 - 2001) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Always says to departing contestants on Survivor (2000) , "The tribe has spoken.Time for you to go".

Trivia (8)

Attended Seattle Pacific University.
First job was at Boeing where he produced sales and marketing videos.
Named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine. [2001]
On the Survivor (2000) {Survivor: All Stars - The Reunion (8.17)} show, he offered to marry both Rob Mariano and Amber Mariano, claiming he was an ordained minister. Probst got himself ordained in 1999 so that he could preside at his parents 40th anniversary remarriage. He has since served as the officiant at the weddings of several friends. He was ordained by the Universal Life Church of Modesto, California. He paid $25.00 for his ordination papers.
Has taken the torch snuffer from every season of Survivor (2000) as a personal souvenir.
Grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Moved to Seattle as a teenager.
Son of Barbara Probst.
Older brother of Brent Probst and Scott Probst.

Personal Quotes (12)

Right off the bat, we send all the castaways on an 11-mile trek through the jungle. It starts one minute into show and finishes the next day. People are getting sick and everything. You'll see.
I'm not one of these guys who says 'Now I'm on a really hot show. Better quit soon before I get labeled.' That's the most ridiculous notion I'd ever heard.
[on having been associated with Survivor (2000)]: In the grand scheme of things, professionally it's given me huge awareness with the industry and the public, which only translates into a longer career and more money if you don't screw it up.
[on injuries sustained during the filming of Survivor (2000)]: [During] Survivor: Borneo, I was stung in the nether regions by a jellyfish. During Survivor: Australia I peed on an electric fence and it sent a shock back to the point of origin. I also got stung by a scorpion. He crawled right up my boot and planted one on my Achilles' heel.
I have to say and you've probably heard this, a million times, Jerry Maguire (1996), one of the best... for the equation of on-screen time vs. memorable role, you got to be in the Top 10 of All Time, that is fantastic.
[When he thought that The Amazing Race (2001), would win the Emmy for Best Reality/Competition Program for the seventh year]: Maybe "Amazing Race" should do what Oprah did and pull itself out of competition.
[on Amber Mariano]: If you had told me, at the beginning of All-Stars, that Amber would win, I wouldn't have believed you. Amber was helpless in Australia. She didn't have a clue out there; she was completely at the mercy of the elements. And then she goes out and wins All-Stars. That tells you right there how unpredictable this game is. And it's the reason, frankly, why I think so many people have kept watching us.
[on defining his show Survivor (2000)]: At its heart, Survivor is not about personality types. Human nature is unpredictable. It's endlessly fascinating - and it's that unpredictability, I think, that has kept Survivor going as long as it has. I know, speaking for myself, that's what's kept me so involved in the show over the years. Human nature is a constant mystery.
[on the death of Jennifer Lyon, who was one of his contestants]: Over the past several weeks we had some beautiful talks about life and death. Jenn was so willing to share what she was feeling, including the very real and very scary parts of dealing with terminal cancer.
Look at American Idol (2002). It broke its own rule. You have certain rules on your show -- you can't do this, you can do that. On Survivor (2000), it would be the contestants who vote each other out. On "Idol", the No. 1 rule is the audience decides who wins. And what does "Idol" do? They break the rule. They decide: "Unless we decide to save someone". They do it and not only does it work, they get a standing ovation.
[When asked how he got promoted from being host to host/producer]: That's an easy one for me. Good hosts, in reality, are producers. You can't just host a show. Moments happen. You have a reveal on The Biggest Loser (2004), your host, if they're any good, has to be able to turn that into a moment. Tom Bergeron, that's how he's made his living -- taking a tiny little thing and making it into a moment. Not too much, just a little button.
[on his new (2012) show] If you're looking for Jerry or Maury this isn't your show. We aren't looking for people fighting onstage or paternity testing.

Salary (1)

Survivor (2000) $150,000 /episode (2009-10)

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