Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst


11/4/1961, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Birth Name

Jeffrey Lee Probst


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Jeffrey Lee Probst, born November 4, 1961 in Witchita, Kansas and raised in Seattle, where he attended Seattle Pacific University. He is best known as the host of the reality television series Survivor, which won him an Emmy award and landed him on People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On July 3 2010, Jeff officiated the wedding of "The Office" star Jenna Fischer to writer Lee Kirk.

    • For the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, Jeff co-hosted the event along with the other four nominees for the newly created category "Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program". They included Tom Bergeron, Ryan Seacrest, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandell.

    • Jeff often contributes to US game show Jeopardy! by giving Survivor related clues from some of the show's venues, and has twice appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy!, first in 2001 and again in 2003.

    • In his spare time, Jeff is active in the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. At the conclusion of each season of Survivor props from the show are auctioned on-line to raise money for the charity. This began after Survivor: Africa when the cast and crew saw the devastating effect that HIV and AIDS had on that continent.

    • In May 2008, Jeff confirmed that he has signed on to host 4 more seasons of Survivor, this will make Jeff the host through season 20.

    • Jeff has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, all for Survivor.
      - In 2001, Jeff won for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program.
      - In 2002, Jeff was nominated for Outstanding Special Class Program.
      - From 2003-2006, he was nominated in the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category.
      - In 2008, Jeff won in the newly created category Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.
      In 2009-2011, Jeff won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

    • Jeff dated and was engaged to Survivor: Vanuatu contestant Julie Berry. They reportedly started dating after Jeff e-mailed Julie to say hello after the conclusion of the season. In March 2008, they broke off the engagement and went their separate ways.

    • As a correspondent for Access Hollywood, he traveled more than 300,000 miles around the world.

    • The only personal souvenir Jeff has taken from each season of Survivor has been the torch snuffer. He currently possesses them all.

    • On the Survivor: All Stars Reunion show, he offered to marry both Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich, claiming he was an ordained minister. Probst got himself ordained in 1999 so that he could preside at his parents 40th anniversary remarriage. He was ordained by the Universal Life Church of Modesto, California. He paid $25.00 for his ordination papers.

    • Jeff used to work at Boeing, where he produced and narrated sales and marketing videos.

  • Quotes

    • Jeff Probst: (On injuries sustained during the filming of Survivor) [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.

    • Jeff Probst: (On having been associated with Survivor)
      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.

    • Jeff Probst: I don't think Survivor is endless. I do think you will reach a point where you either say, This is the game as you know it and we are going to play it again, or you have to consider making some radical changes.

    • Jeff Probst: It's extremely tough to keep your show fresh and keep it authentic and true to what it is. We were the first one; we laid a lot of groundwork that we stayed with, which is a lot of ritual.

    • Jeff Probst: From the beginning we wanted Survivor to feel like it had been going on for thousands of years.

    • Jeff Probst: I don't know how long Survivor will be on the air. People just seem to really enjoy watching people in that situation.

    • Jeff Probst: I feel good about the work I do on Survivor and am proud of my contribution.

    • Jeff Probst: 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.

  • Best and Original All-Time Reality Show Host

    I think Jeff Probst if IMO, is the first and the only original reality tv show host.

    I couldn't at all imagine Survivor without him.

    Because he has to be a teacher, coach, drill instructor, detective, comic relief, as well as host & producer. All rolled-up into one.

    The show wouldn't be the same without him. Because I am glad he is staying on at least until the seventeenth edition.

    Of the GRANDADDY of reality tv shows.

    No wonder more than sixty million tuned into the show or one of the reasons is him.moreless
  • The best reality host there is.

    All reality shows that are not “Survivor” would be better programs if they had Jeff Probst as a host. Even he has improved his performance. If you have seen season one or two on OLN or on DVD, you will notice how much more comfortable he is in the job currently.

    On the other hand, compared to the wooden performances of Julie Chen (Big Brother), or the host of other interchangeable reality show hosts, Jeff Probst at his worst is way better than any of the others.

    Jeff is able to relay information to the contestants and viewers alike without coming across as a know it all or appearing to be reading from a script.