Survivor is back on our screens this month, with longtime host Jeff Probst heading the series for his upcoming 41st season.
Probst hosted Survivor since its inception in 2000 and has been a staple of the series ever since.
He made his television debut on the FX Network, hosting Impertinence, a half-hour talk show in which he read and answered viewers’ questions. For the same network, Probst, alongside comedian Orlando Jones, hosted Sound effects.
From there, the 59-year-old moved to VH1 to house The danger of rock’n’roll!, a riff on the original Danger! A game show entirely focused on issues of post-1950s popular music. Probst filmed 100 episodes of the series before it was canceled in 2001.
Probst also wrote and directed his own feature film, Research costs, a thriller revolving around a found lottery ticket. It starred a young Ryan Reynolds, as well as established stars such as James Earl Jones, Robert Forster and Matthew Lillard.
The film received generally positive reviews and has a score of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Probst made a second film in 2014 titled, Kiss Me, who played Mayas MC actor Sarah Bolger and Hannah montana star, Emily Osment. Rita Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Missi Pyle also appeared in the film.
The presenter recently spoke to fans regarding the legacy and popularity of Survivor, saying, âYou’ve been with us for 21 years, we appreciate it. We love doing this show, we’re here right now to do more. So Survivor 41 will be the start of the third decade of Survivor, it comes out in September. Hope you like it, we are trying new things.
While he was mostly busy with Survivor since his premiere he has also hosted a daytime talk show, The Jeff Probst Show between 2012 and 2013 before being canceled after a single season.
Probst has also appeared as himself on a variety of sitcoms, including Two and a half men, how I Met Your Mother and Life in pieces.
He has been married twice, first to psychotherapist Shelley Wright, then to Lisa Marie Russell, whom he married in 2011.
Season 41 of Survivor premieres September 22 on CBS.