Jeff Probst has solidified his position as one of the most recognizable names in the American entertainment industry with a career spanning over two decades. As an executive producer and reality TV host, he has brought a unique energy and enthusiasm to shows such as ‘Survivor’ and ‘The Jeff Probst Show,’ winning over audiences with his charisma and engaging personality.
Probst’s net worth has been estimated to be $50 Million. He is married two times with Lisa Ann Russell being his current wife and Shelly Wright being his first wife. He also famously dated one of the Survivors contestants Julie Berry in the past.
Relationship Status: Married To Lisa Ann Russell
Jeff Probst has found love in the 90s actress, Lisa Ann Russell. The two walked down the aisle on December 5, 2011. In an intimate affair, they exchanged vows at a private residence in Los Angeles. She is ten years younger than him.
Like Probst, this was the second marriage for his wife, Russell, having previously been the wife of actor Mark Paul-Gosselbar. She is a former actress hailing from Sterling, Illinois born on March 21, 1972. She has worked in movies like Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights, Kounterfeit, Twisted Love, and Saved by the Bell.
Net Worth Of The Reality TV Host
Jeff Probst has an estimated net worth of $50 Million. His wealth can be mostly credited to the success of the show, Survivor. He commands an impressive salary of $200,000 per episode (the same as the net worth of Stella Banderas), a testament to his talent and popularity as the show’s host. Since he has been doing this show for more than twenty years, it’s no surprise he is a wealthy man.
With someone having that sort of wealth, it shouldn’t be surprising that Probst lives in a big home. He currently lives in studio city in a house that’s valued at more than $9 Million today. He had purchased it in 2011 for $5 Million. The man also has a lot of love for cars and has owned cars like Mazda RX-7, 1966 Corvette Stingray, Shelby Cobra, and Toyota Highlander, among others.
Previous Marriage And Relationship
Jeff Probst, before finding love in Russell was previously married to Shelly Wright. The two had tied the knot on February 25, 1996, and decided to end things and go separate ways in 2001.
Wright, who also goes by Rachel Wright, is a licensed professional therapist operating in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She specializes in catering to the needs of the elderly and adult population, particularly those who have suffered from domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Besides, Wright, Probst was also in a very famous relationship with Julie Berry. She was one of the contestants in his show, Survivor. After being in a relationship for four years, the couple ended their romance in 2008.
Nicki Swift has reported in their article that Probst cited a reason for their split as being the result of enduring repercussions from frequent global travel, including long periods with inadequate cellular reception. She is currently in a relationship with a man named Joseph Young.
Stepfather To Two
Probst doesn’t have any biological kids but he has experienced fatherhood thanks to his stepson and daughter. Their names are Ava Lorenn Gosselaar and Michael Charles Gosselaar and they are the kids of his wife, Russell’s ex-husband, Mark.
Michael is the oldest of the two having been born in 2004 and Ava was born in 2006. Probst has revealed how his marriage to Russell caused a shift in his perspective. With the arrival of her two wonderful children who affectionately called him “dad,” Jeff’s world expanded and became more meaningful.
This, combined with the technological advancements and cultural shifts of the time, inspired Probst to actively engage in meaningful conversations and become a part of the ongoing global transformation as mentioned in an article of Closer Weekly.
Life Before Survivor
Jeff Probst has become a household name thanks to the success of the reality show, Survivor where he is the host. But, his career in the entertainment industry was a bit different before this show. Probst first work after he dropped out of college happened at Boeing.
Probst worked on producing sales and marketing videos while he was at Boeing as mentioned on his IMDb page. This experience honed his skills in video production, which would later become invaluable in his career as a television host and producer.
Probst before he even stepped foot into this world was already working to make money. His first job ever was when he was a teen. However, he had to fib about his age to get the job, as the manager was looking for someone who was at least 16 years old, while Probst was only 15. The work was bussing tables in a restaurant, Elks Lodge.
Oldest Of The Three Brothers
Probst wasn’t the only child of his parents Jerry Probst and Barbara Probst but he was their first child. He has two younger brothers named, Brent Probst and Scott Probst. Both of his brothers live a quiet life away from the limelight but, Scott has previously worked with him in his popular show, Survivor.
Based on the information provided on his IMDb page, Scott worked two times in Survivor. Once for a total of 25 episodes from 2011 to 2012 where he was part of the camera and electrical department. And, previously from 2006 to 2009 for five episodes in the Art department as assistant props.
A Bit On Probst Career
Probst is best known for his career as a television host and executive producer as the host of the reality TV series ‘Survivor’, which debuted in 2003 and is still running. He has hosted every season of the show and has won multiple Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the program.
Probst has also worked on other television projects over the years. In 2012, he hosted a daytime talk show called ‘The Jeff Probst Show’, which aired for one season. He has also appeared as a guest host on shows such as ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ and ‘Larry King Live’ and has acted in shows like ‘Family Guy’, ‘Two and a Half Men’, and ‘How I Met Your Mother’.
A College Dropout
Jeff Probst was the opposite of many who wants to make a career in show business and hence only studied till high school. He went to college however, he never finished it and dropped out.
After graduating from Newport High School in 1979, Probst pursued further education at Seattle Pacific University in Washington. However, the Survivor host and producer ultimately decided to leave college before completing his studies.
Nevertheless, Probst had already become heavily invested in the prospect of pursuing a career in the entertainment field while at college. The interest, however, had originally begun in his high school, due to his love for storytelling. His fascination with storytelling was profound, as evidenced by his tendency to craft tales for his peers while in school.
MeToo Controversy In The Show, Survivor
Survivor is one of the most successful and one of the longest-running shows on television. But, it has been part of the controversy in the past which happened when the MeToo movement was at its peak.
One of the contestants of Survivor: Island of the Idols, Kellee Kim in the season’s opening episode raised apprehensions about Dan Spilo’s inappropriate physical contact with her and other female participants who were relatively young. Probst apologized but people were mad at how the show handled everything. You might want to learn about Laura Boneham, one of the former contestants of the Survivor.
Some Quick Facts About Probst
- Probst has written a book called, Stranded.
- Probst has directed films like Kiss Me and Finder’s Fee.
- The Universal Life Church of Modesto, California granted Probst the status of a minister in 1999.
- People Magazine bestowed upon Probst the honor of being included in the list of 50 individuals regarded as the Most Beautiful People.
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