After spending a morning in the heat and humidity filming a challenge for Survivor: Gabon, show host Jeff Probst arrived back to production’s base camp to find 75 e-mails telling him that he’d just been nominated for an outstanding reality host Emmy Award.
But that wasn t all he heard.
“The funniest part of the whole announcement to me was hearing that I was getting married!” says Probst, speaking to PEOPLE from Gabon, after Pushing Daisies actress Kristin Chenoweth, who’d announced the nominations Thursday morning, also let slip that four years ago, she and the “cute” Probst had once dated – but now he was set to wed some other woman.
“Considering I m not even in a serious relationship,” said Probst, “that was a big shock to me. Perhaps in addition to being talented and beautiful, Kristin Chenoweth is also psychic!”
Added the TV host: “The first email I got said, ‘Congratulations on the nomination AND Kristin Chenoweth!’ I thought, ‘What does this mean?’ And so I wrote back, ‘What are you talking about?’ ”
Back came the clip, “and it was a funny story,” says Probst. “It’s true! We went on a date several years ago. We met at a charity function, and she’s beautiful, talented and funny. I think the only reason we didn’t go on a second date was timing. We had different schedules. We were living in different cities.”
Of the other e-mails Probst received, “four of them were from Tom Bergeron, Ryan Seacrest, Phil Keoghan and Alison Sweeney,” he says. “I made a joke to Ryan, ‘Well, now when I stand up to let Phil Keoghan walk past to collect the Emmy for best show, I can let you walk past to collect the Emmy for best host, as well!’ And he wrote back and said, ‘Fat chance – I’ll be out on the red carpet, asking what you’re wearing.’ ”