Sixteen average Americans (eighteen in seasons 8, 9 and 11, nineteen in season 14 and twenty in seasons 10 and 13) are abandoned in the middle of some of the most unforgiving places on earth. Divided into teams, they particiapte in challenges and every three days, the losing tribe must trek to Tribal Council to vote out one of their own.
Probst was born in Wichita, Kansas, but grew up primarily in Bellevue, Washington. After graduating from Newport High School in 1979, he attended Seattle Pacific University and worked at Boeing Motion Picture/Television studio as a producer and narrator of marketing videos. Probst was divorced from his wife of five years, Shelley Wright, in 2001. In his spare time, he is active in the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
In addition to Survivor, Probst previously hosted the FX network's original half-hour show dedicated to answering viewer letters, Backchat (1996). Probst's second television exposure was that of the host of the VH1 series Rock & Roll Jeopardy!, which he hosted for three seasons (from 1998 to 2001), and was a correspondent for the syndicated program Access Hollywood, during which he traveled a reported 300,000 miles. He has also written the screenplay for and directed an independent film, released in 2001, called Finder's Fee. Jeff also does voice work for the animated television program Fillmore, as Vice-Principal Raycliff. People magazine named Probst one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001. He often contributes to Jeopardy! by giving Survivor related clues from the show's venues, has twice appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy!, first in 2001 and again in 2003, and made several cameo appearances during the April 1, 2010 episode.
He was also a frequent guest star on the sketch show MADtv, guest starring once a season since the show's 9th season.
He has hosted Survivor since 2000. He later stated that he had worked hard to get a meeting with series creator Mark Burnett, where he suggested that Burnett hire him as the host. In this role, he delivers the series' signature catch-phrase to losing contestants, "The tribe has spoken. It's time for you to go."
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.
On October 20, 2008, TV Guide reported that Probst is developing a new reality TV series for CBS called Live For The Moment that will feature people with terminal illnesses being taken on "the last adventure of their life" before they die.
On April 1, 2009, Probst appeared on the CBS reality television special I Get That a Lot, in which he worked a cash register. In February 2010, Probst confirmed that he has signed on to host two more seasons of Survivor, putting him through season 22. It was then announced on March 9, 2011 that Probst had extended his contract to host another two seasons of Survivor, contracting him through season 24.
On September 28, 2008 Jeff Probst joined the realms of Twitter under the name Jeff Probst. He currently has 59, 397 followers across the globe. He has 15, 627 likes on Facebook. His Facebook page is an extension of his Twitter. Most of the time on Twitter he is promoting Survivor and allowing fans to gather more information on Survivor by posting links to his website. His Twitter and Facebook page is an extension of the Survivor phenomenon providing a more in depth immersion into the Survivor experience. Probst’s presence on Twitter allows him to maintain a connection with his fans, by consistently updating them with the on going events of his life and interests . To maintain a sense of connection with his fans Probst repeatedly replies to many of his fans by tweeting directly back to them . By interconnecting to his fans, Probst has kept himself in tune with the interest of his fans and they with his.
In 2005, Probst began dating 26-year-old Survivor: Vanuatu contestant Julie Berry, an East Carolina University graduate who was an athletic scholarship softball player. In a March 2008 interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jeff revealed that they are no longer together.
Probst was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church in 1999. He remarried his parents for their 35th wedding anniversary.
Probst keeps the snuffer that he uses to snuff the torches when a contestant is voted out of the game as a souvenir after every season of Survivor.
On September 21, 2008 Probst won the first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. He also won the same award in 2009 and 2010.
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