Jeff Probst, the longtime host of "Survivor" on CBS, will also host a syndicated daytime talk show set to debut in 2012, it was announced by CBS Television Distribution.
"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," said Aaron Meyerson, the president of programming and development for CBS Television Distribution, in a statement.
The statement continued, "With the same adventure Jeff approaches his own life, the show will take the same path. Whether it’s a newsmaker-of-the-day, a celebrity or ordinary folks, Jeff will go further than typical discussion. The show will cover a range of topics from relationships to human interest. And like Jeff, the show will encourage action, change and discovery.”
Probst himself said in a statement, "I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level. As I continue with "Survivor," I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime."
CBS Television Distribution also distributed the long-running "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Winfrey stopped taping new shows for that program last month.
The daytime talk show field is increasingly crowded. Katie Couric recently announced that she’ll also enter that arena in 2012 through a deal she has with Disney-ABC Domestic Television.