Jeff Probst talk show picked up; what does this mean for ‘Survivor’ fans?

It’s a go.

At this time, we would generally have for you an interview with the newest contestant eliminated from “Survivor: South Pacific.” However, no one was actually eliminated during Wednesday’s episode … so with that in mind, we have a different sort of story for you.

Host Jeff Probst has been planning a talk show for some time, and on Thursday the announcement was made pretty much official, as over 55% of the market has picked up the show. (More will likely follow.) The project is from CBS TV Distribution, but the show will likely air mostly on NBC affiliates.

This is certainly great news for Probst, as it gives him another venue to showcase his talent — but what does it mean to “Survivor” fans? You may have heard by now that Probst is shooting the next two seasons of the show earlier than usual next year, and this may be a move to give him more time to prepare to launch the gabfest. Of course, the announcement by Piers Morgan Wednesday that he is leaving “America’s Got Talent” to focus on his own show probably doesn’t help those concerned that the beginning of a new show means the end of Jeff’s time on the other. (Unlike “AGT,” it’s hard to see “Survivor” moving on without Probst.)

The good news is for Jeff is that he said in a new statement that he still plans to continue “Survivor,” so let’s just hope that he finds a way to manage both. There are some questions about whether or not it’s time for the show as a whole to have its torch snuffed, but one week ago a new episode scored the highest ratings for a “Survivor” episode in almost a year.

Do you think Jeff will be able to balance both shows long terms — or, do you think it’s really unfair to even ask this question before he even starts his daytime show? Even if the show does end in a couple of years, we have to say — “Survivor” has had quite a run.

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