Jeff Probst (born November 4, 1962) is an American television personalty, best known for his role, since the year 2000, as the host of each installment of the successful U.S. version of the Survivor reality show franchise. Probst won an Emmy award in 2001 for his work on the series.
In addition to Survivor, Probst previously hosted the FX network's original half-hour show dedicated to answering viewer letters, Backchat. He went on to serve as host of the VH1 series Rock and Roll Jeopardy and was a correspondent for the syndicated program Access Hollywood, during which he travelled a reported 300,000 miles. He has also written the screenplay for and directed an independent film, released in 2001, called Finder's Fee. Jeff also does voice work for the animated television program Fillmore. People Magazine named Probst one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001.
Probst was born in Wichita, Kansas but grew up primarily in Seattle, Washington. He attended Seattle Pacific University, and formerly worked at Boeing Aircraft, where he narrated marketing videos. Probst was divorced from his spouse of 5 years, Shelley Wright, in 2001. In his spare time, Jeff is active in the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.