“Survivor's” Probst to Host Daytime Talk Show

Jeff Probst is headed to daytime TV.

The longtime “Survivor” host and CBS Television Distribution are developing an hour-long talk show that will air in fall 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The unnamed show will reportedly cover newsmakers and ordinary people facing challenges. Probst, a regular fill-in host on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” will also continue to host “Survivor,” as he has for the past 22 seasons.

"Anyone who has seen Jeff on 'Survivor' knows how he connects with people and has an instinct that makes him a natural and compelling host for daytime,” CBS president of programming and development Aaron Meyerson told THR. “Whether it's a newsmaker-of-the-day, a celebrity or ordinary folks, Jeff will go further than typical discussion.”

Probst is the latest new talk show host lined up by the networks in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s exit from daytime TV.

The New York Times reports the Emmy-winner will eventually be competing with Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Anderson Cooper and Katie Couric.

Selected Reading: NYT, THR, USA Today

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