‘Survivor’ host Jeff Probst talk show cancelled

By Daniel S Levine,

Jeff Probst’s syndicated talk show has been cancelled after just one season.

CBS TV Distribution had a two-year deal to distribute the show, but decided that it was not worth carrying on after a disappointing first season. Deadline reports that the remaining new episodes will continue to air until 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,” CTD said in a statement. “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.”

Probst added, “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.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, CTV had assured NBC and other affiliates that aired the show that they would not be tied to Probst’s two-year deal to let them know that they wouldn’t be stuck with such a low-rated show.

The Jeff Probst Show debuted during a very busy talk show season, with four new shows starting, including Katie Couric’s new show.The Ricki Lake Show was cancelled by Twentieth Television last week.

Probst’s show only averaged a 0.7 household rating, just a third of what Dr. Phil draws. In January, actress Lisa Welchel came on as his co-host, but it didn’t help.

Probst isn’t out of a job, though. He’ll still be seen hosting the latest season of Survivor, which premiered last night.

image: CBS

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