Newest Talk Show Host Says He Wants to Be the Next Oprah

Jan 17, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The host of an upcoming daytime talk show admits he wouldn’t mind taking over where Oprah Winfrey left off, EW.com’s Inside TV blog reports.

Jeff Probst, best known as the host of CBS’s "Survivor," says he’s positioning the new show, which is set to debut in September, as "a guy from Kansas that likes to talk to people, so that’s the baseline," according to the report.

"The biggest thing that I’ve discovered is that I am not a journalist, and I’m not a doctor, and I’m not an expert, or a chef, or any of those things," Probst added.

Probst also said it’s "a bunch of baloney" when talk show hosts say they aren’t trying to be the next Oprah Winfrey. "Of course you are, because Oprah captured something incredible. She captured this energy and essence that she really improved people’s lives. And that’s why they watched. Well, of course you’re trying to capture that. There’s never going to be another Oprah, but to say you’re not trying to fill that void? Everybody is! Because it’s missing," he said, according to the piece.

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