The other shoe has dropped — following Twentieth Television’s decision last week not to renew the Ricki Lake Show, CBS TV Distribution today said that its struggling freshman syndicated talker The Jeff Probst Show will not be retuning for the 2013-2014 season. Original episodes will continue to air through the end of the season. “We believe Jeff is an incredible talent, and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season. Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year. We are grateful to the entire staff, our affiliate partners and advertisers for their ongoing support of The Jeff Probst Show,” a CTD spokesperson said. Added Probst, “I’m super bummed but extremely proud. The truth is all shows come to an end. Ours just ended a decade sooner than we had hoped.” Probst continues of course as longtime host of CBS’ Survivor, which premieres its 26th installment tonight.
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Survivor host and newlywed Jeff Probst will be add a new title to his resume: talk show host. His syndicated The Jeff Probst Show enters the chat fray on September 10, along with fellow newcomers Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey and Katie Couric. The Probst effort comes from CBS Television Distribution. And during a panel this afternoon at TCA featuring the perpetually energetic and upbeat Probst and his exec producer Amy Coleman, he detailed how his new daytime talker won’t be about celebrities or conflict. “If you’re looking for Jerry (Springer) or Maury (Povich), this isn’t your show”, he said. “We aren’t looking for people fighting onstage or paternity testing. If you’re looking for something new, that’s where we are.” He added that his defining role models for the new gig are Phil Donahue and Oprah Winfrey. “My best skill as an interviewer is, I really listen,” Probst noted, “I would never ask a guest a question that I wouldn’t be prepared to answer myself.” He lated added “I’m not going to chase a rating. I just want to do a show that I’m really and truly invested in.”
Here is an exclusive look at the first spot for The Jeff Probst Show, CBS TV Distribution’s upcoming daytime syndicated talk show hosted by the Survivor star. In the spot, which affiliate TV stations will begin airing later this week, Probst refers to his stint on Survivor, which has hosted for 24 cycles and will continue to do so alongside his new full-time job. The Jeff Probst Show, executive produced by Amy Coleman (The Oprah Winfrey Show), launches in the fall.