Jeff Probst to Remain 'Survivor' Host

With Sunday's 11th season finale, the show's star signs on to stay

Forget Jeff Probst’s escaping to some exotic isle – he already does that for a living.

And the host of Survivor for the past 5 1/2 years intends to keep doing it, according to an announcement on Thursday. Probst has signed a new multiyear deal to remain with the CBS reality series, the Associated Press reports.

“I was thinking about retiring and spending my time traveling to exotic locations around the world, meeting new and interesting people. Then I realized, uh, wait a second, I’m already doing that with Survivor and getting paid for it, as well,” Probst, 44, said in a statement.

With his contract due to expire with the current 11th season finale (to air this Sunday), Probst let it be known in October that he was weighing whether to continue with the gig – which, besides fame and fortune, has also yielded him a partner, former contestant Julie Berry.

In a statement expressing his delight with Probst’s decision to stay (financial terms have not been disclosed) Survivor producer Mark Burnett said: “I consider him a friend and look forward to continuing to keep Survivor fresh with Jeff for many more seasons.”

CBS has already announced that it will air the 13th and 14th versions of Survivor during the 2006-07 season. That 12th edition, being filmed at an undisclosed location, is to be broadcast next spring.

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