Survivor host Jeff Probst for decades has been on contender’s empty islands. Through the years Probost has also been a producer as well as bonus father and a writer. But around his life, he has also been through many tough times including divorce and other health problems.
Jeff didn’t know that being the host of the Survivor would change his life. Even when he was given the job he thought it would last for a few seasons only.
But more than three decades have been passed and the show is still going on. Even though it has been outsourced to many other countries as well.
He was born on 4th November 1961 at Wichita, Kansas. His father was an executive at Boeing while his mother was a full-time mother.
”My mom is a social person and I inherited that from her. She can talk to anybody and is truly interested in them. I don’t think I realized that I got that from my mom until I was much older. All of a sudden all the dots connected, the national curiosity.” Jeff said it in 2015.
He added ”I think that I got from my dad is to be a good person to other people,” he added, saying that his dad always helped neighbors out with stuff, no matter what time of the day it was. ”I can’t do any of those things, I didn’t get the fixing gene at all. But I feel that thing from my dad to be there for a friend if they need you. Not saying that I always achieve it, but I think that’s a quality I took from him.”
Jeff was highly interested in storytelling. He rememorized getting a TV for Christmas. He always used to watch Johnny Carson on mute because his parents didn’t allow him to watch tv at bedtime.
Being on an island isn’t easy for a human body. You can meet different kinds of diseases. But Jeff was lucky in not suffering any Illness. But in 2020 he passed through a serious situation that he thought was dementia
On Live With Kelly & Ryan, he rememorized losing his memory. And he won’t even know who he was. He was just about to book himself and his wife Lisa Ann Russell a trip to Las Vegas – when he forgot both his own birthday and hers.
“I couldn’t figure it out, so I texted my wife and I said, ‘Can you call me?’ And she called me and said, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘Something’s wrong,’” Probst recalled.
“And then for the next two hours, I have zero recollection of anything that was happening. I had no idea who I was, where I was,” he said further.“On my laptop, I wrote a note that said, ‘For our records, I have no idea why I’m wearing these clothes. I have no idea where our kids are, I have no idea what day it is. I have no idea why I’m writing this.’ And then a little later I type, ‘I just read this, have no memory of writing it.’”
Jeff soon felt that something was going wrong. Therefore he decided to go and see a neurosurgeon. He was done with an MRI scan. It turned out that he was suffering from transient global amnesia, which is a rare medical condition where a person experiences sudden memory loss.
But now he’s perfectly fine. Now, more than ever I think of Fridays,” he explained. “I think of the weekend and I’m like, ‘I got one more weekend, let’s go’.”