PHOENIX -- Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer Jeff Probst is premiering his daytime talk show The Jeff Probst show, encouraging viewers to get off the couch and accomplish what they want in their lives. The one-hour, daytime talk show will cover topics ranging from newsmakers of the day to families and individuals facing challenges.
Best-known for his work as host & executive producer of the phenomenally successful series, SURVIVOR, Probst is a four-time Emmy Award winner for "Outstanding Reality Host.". Probst also received an Emmy in 2001 when the show won the first-ever "Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Special Class)." This Fall, Probst will return for the series' 25th installment set in the Philippines.
Probst is currently producing and directing the feature film "Kiss Me," starring John Corbett, Sarah Bolger, Rita Wilson, Emily Osment, Missy Pyle and Jenna Fisher.
In 2002, Probst wrote and directed the feature film "Finder's Fee," starring Ryan Reynolds, James Earl Jones, Robert Forster and Matthew Lillard. The film won many awards and, thanks to the critical success, Probst was selected as one of 2001's "Ten Directors to Watch" in a series presented by the American Cinematheque showcasing innovative and exciting new directors from around the world.
In 2009, Probst partnered with Mark Burnett as creator and executive producer for "Live for the Moment," for CBS, which featured a person with a daunting diagnosis who wants to live the best life possible and fulfill their dreams.
Probst was a regular fill-in for Regis Philbin on "Live with Regis and Kelly." He was also a regular guest host for Larry King on "Larry King Live." Probst hosts the "Howard Stern Celebrity Fan Roundtable" for Howard Stern on Sirius/XM radio. He previously served as host of VH1's "Rock and Roll Jeopardy"; hosted several programs for FX and traveled around the world as a correspondent for "Access Hollywood." In 2001, he was voted one of People Magazine's "Most Beautiful."
In 2007, Probst founded the Serpentine Project, a nonprofit organization designed to help young adults transition out of the foster care system. In 2011, they joined forces with the larger nonprofit organization Alliance for Children's Rights, which has provided 100,000 kids in L.A. with free legal assistance and advocacy. Each season, SURVIVOR memorabilia is auctioned off and, to date, the auctions have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization.
Probst is also an ordained minister and has served as the officiant at the weddings of several friends. He was ordained by the Universal Life Church of Modesto, Calif.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Probst is married and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children when not traveling the world. His birthday is Nov. 4. He can be followed on Twitter @jeffprobst.
"Jeff's Premiere Episode with Guests Who Say "Yes" To Life in Incredible Ways!"
The episode chronicles three stories of living life to the fullest, despite illness, age or any obstacle. Kelly, a vibrant 32-year-old, was recently told she doesn't have long to live. However, the news hasn't stopped her from pursuing her dreams and living every day with a positive attitude, inspiring everyone around her. In a daytime exclusive, 8-year-old Vivienne Harr wanted to change the world, so she started a lemonade stand and founded "Not For Sale," an organization designed to make the world a better place. A charming couple in their 90s who meet in a nursing home and marry two weeks later prove that age is not a barrier to finding true love. An unsuspecting guest gets an "Ambush Adventure." Also, "Guys on the Couch" features Jeff and two guys who answer questions from women in the audience.
"From Medical Student to Britain's Next Big Star!"
The stories of three inspiring people who completely switch gears in life in order to pursue their dreams. Emeli Sande captured the world's attention by performing at the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, but the British singing sensation was originally studying neuroscience as a career. She performs her new single, "My Kind of Love," and talks about leaving medical school to pursue her singing career. An unsuspecting guest gets an "Ambush Adventure." Also, "Guys on the Couch" features Jeff and two guys who answer questions from women in the audience.
"The Couple Building the Biggest Home in America"
Jackie and David Siegel, the stars of the documentary, "The Queen of Versailles," join Jeff to talk about building the largest home in America when the economy crashed in 2008. Their subsequent "15 Minutes of Fame" made them the poster couple for conspicuous consumption. Other examples of people seeking their 15 minutes include a young man who pretended to be famous - and the world believed him. Jeff talks with him about what it's like to be suddenly famous, even though the fame is manufactured. An unsuspecting guest gets an "Ambush Adventure." Also, "Guys on the Couch" features Jeff plus two guys who answer questions from women in the audience.
"Sex at Any Age!"
Jeff's guests are the "Three Golden Sisters," Josie Cavaluzzi, Teresa Dalquist and Mary Bartnicki, who give their take on sex. They are delightfully candid, sharing their insights, what they learned from a celebrity adult video, and everything else having to do with relationships. Furthermore, a 70-year-old man sets out on an adventure to find love for him and other seniors looking for romance. An unsuspecting guest gets an "Ambush Adventure." Also, "Guys on the Couch" features Jeff and two guys who answer questions from women in the audience.
"What's a Real Man? Morgan Spurlock Reveals How Men Really Think"
Documentarian and upcoming CNN host Morgan Spurlock ("Supersize Me," "Mansome") joins Jeff to talk about what makes a man. What does it mean to be a man in today's world? Former Los Angeles Dodger Billy Ashley is now a stay-at-home dad who transitioned from the macho world of professional sports to homemaker. How does he define what it takes to be a man? And 15-year-old Hart Main shows how the measure of a man comes down to the mark he makes on the world. An unsuspecting guest gets an "Ambush Adventure." Also, "Guys on the Couch" features Jeff and two guys who answer questions from women in the audience.