Jeff Probst

Host / Producer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Jeff Probst discusses his first hosting gigs for corporate videos. He recalls getting a job as host of the FX cable channel and talks of the failure of the original concept for FX. He describes hosting Access Hollywood and Rock and Roll Jeopardy! before getting tapped to host the reality competition show, Survivor. Probst then details his work on Survivor, outlining how the show is cast, what production is like, how the challenges are created, and how much interaction he has with the cast. He talks of show creator Mark Burnett, and comments on several memorable Survivor "villains." He then speaks of his recent foray into the talk show genre with his daytime program, The Jeff Probst Show. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on December 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.

"I was listening to the radio driving on the 405. I hear a British guy being interviewed say, 'I'm going to take 16 people and put them on an island, and they have to work together and then every three days they vote somebody out, and at the end the people come back as the jury and one person gets a million dollars.' Right then I called my agent said, 'There's this new show called 'Survivor' and I've got to get in!'"

Highlights
Jeff Probst on how he came to host Survivor
04:33
Jeff Probst on casting Survivor
05:04
Jeff Probst on Mark Burnett's role and involvement in Survivor
03:53
Jeff Probst on the impact of 9/11 on Survivor
01:20
Jeff Probst on who he hopes is the audience for his talk show, The Jeff Probst Show
02:44
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his first job hosting and producing corporate videos; on getting his job as a host on the FX cable channel  
On hosting for FX; on his short-lived acting career; on the failure of the original concept for FX
On hosting Access Hollywood; on hosting Rock and Roll Jeopardy!
On appearing as a contestant on Jeopardy!; on how he came to host Survivor

Chapter 2

On how he came to host Survivor; on the early stages of Survivor; on Mark Burnett's role as creator of the show
On his role as showrunner and Executive Producer of Survivor; on what made Survivor work early on; on casting the show
On the logistics of taping Survivor; on the role of the crew members; on bringing his own family to the set of Survivor
On creating and shooting the challenges on Survivor; on Survivor 's tribal council and how it has evolved over the years

Chapter 3

On various seasons and contestants of Survivor; on hosting The  Emmy Awards, and winning an Emmy
On the future of Survivor; on his talk show, The Jeff Probst Show
On then-current (2012) projects; on advice to aspiring hosts and his legacy in television
Shows

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Jeff Probst on hosting The Emmy Awards and winning an Emmy
04:55

Jeopardy!

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Jeff Probst on being a contestant on Jeopardy!
03:00
Jeff Probst on hosting Rock and Roll Jeopardy!
09:51

Live with Regis and Kelly

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Jeff Probst on the future of Survivor and other projects
04:23

Survivor

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Jeff Probst on how he came to host Survivor
04:33
Jeff Probst on how he came to host Survivor
04:45
Jeff Probst on the early stages of Survivor production and his autonomy on set
06:23
Jeff Probst on Mark Burnett's role and involvement in Survivor
03:53
Jeff Probst on his role as Survivor's showrunner and Executive Producer
02:06
Jeff Probst on what made Survivor work early on
03:05
Jeff Probst on the impact of 9/11 on Survivor
01:20
Jeff Probst on casting Survivor
05:04
Jeff Probst on dealing with cast members of Survivor and where they go when they get eliminated
03:04
Jeff Probst on keeping the outcome of Survivor secret until it airs
02:25
Jeff Probst on where he and the crew live during the production of Survivor and the logistics of filming a season
04:27
Jeff Probst on his personal day-to-day involvement and briefings on what is happening with the contestants, and hosting tribal council on Survivor
03:10
Jeff Probst on the contestants' interaction with the crew members on Survivor
01:52
Jeff Probst on bringing his family on location while shooting Survivor
03:41
Jeff Probst on creating, testing, executing, and shooting the challenges for Survivor
05:36
Jeff Probst on the "tribal council" segment of Survivor
03:59
Jeff Probst on his favorite tribal council segments and his interview style on Survivor
04:35
Jeff Probst on season one of Survivor
01:20
Jeff Probst on specific contestants from Survivor
05:59
Jeff Probst on Survivor  villain "Johnny Fairplay"
01:18
Jeff Probst on his favorite Survivor seasons
01:34
Jeff Probst on the fans of Survivor
01:00
Topics

9/11

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Jeff Probst on the impact of 9/11 on Survivor
01:20

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Jeff Probst on hosting The Jeff Probst Show
11:22

Emmy Awards

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Jeff Probst on hosting The Emmy Awards  and winning an Emmy
04:55

Network Creation

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Jeff Probst on the FX cable channel
17:00

Television Industry

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Jeff Probst on the FX cable channel
17:00
Jeff Probst on hosting The Jeff Probst Show
11:22
Professions

Hosts

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Jeff Probst on hosting Back Chat  and Music FX  on the FX Network
05:05
Jeff Probst on hosting Back Chat and Music FX on the FX Network
05:05
Jeff Probst on his favorite tribal council segments and his interview style on Survivor
04:35
Jeff Probst on advice to aspiring hosts
01:36
Jeff Probst on advice to aspiring hosts
01:36

Producers

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Jeff Probst on his role as Survivor's showrunner and Executive Producer
02:06

Reality Show Host

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Jeff Probst on his favorite tribal council segments and his interview style on Survivor
04:35
Genres

Awards Shows

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Jeff Probst on hosting The Emmy Awards  and winning an Emmy
04:55

Game Shows

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Jeff Probst on hosting Rock and Roll Jeopardy!
12:21

Reality TV

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Jeff Probst on hosting Survivor
59:25
Jeff Probst on specific contestants from Survivor
05:59
Jeff Probst on his favorite Survivor seasons
01:34

Talk Shows

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Jeff Probst on hosting The Jeff Probst Show
11:22
People

Mark Burnett

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Jeff Probst on how he came to host Survivor
04:33
Jeff Probst on how he came to host Survivor
04:45
Jeff Probst on the early stages of Survivor production and his autonomy on set
06:23
Jeff Probst on Mark Burnett's role and involvement in Survivor
03:53

Leslie Moonves

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Jeff Probst on how he came to host Survivor
04:46

Howard Stern

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Jeff Probst on his favorite Survivor tribal council segments and his interview style on Survivor
04:35

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