He’s a frequent stand-in for Regis Philbin on Live! with Regis and Kelly, and he has anchored the desk at Larry King Live on CNN. But will Jeff Probst return with Survivor for its 21st and 22nd seasons?
“Survivor is still the greatest job I have ever had,” Probst tells PEOPLE, “and every time my contract is up, I stop to think, all right, where am I in life? Do I want to do this? I haven’t made my decision yet!”
Of course the network is hoping Probst doesn’t snuff his own torch. “We would love for him to continue as long as the show is on the air,” says a CBS rep.
In the meantime, fans can catch Probst on a show dear to his heart Thursday night called Live For the Moment, 8 p.m. EST on CBS. The special, which Probst hopes turns into a series, “features a person in a very unusual and trying situation,” he says, “but is living his or her life in an inspirational way, inspite of their current situation.”
For Thursday’s special, the focus is on Roger Childs, a 44-year-old father of two with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. “What he realizes is, life is actually shorter than you’re going to want it to be no matter how long you live,” Probst says, “and his message is, ‘Wake up. Don’t wait for a terminal illness. If there is trip you want to take or someone you haven’t talked to in years, don’t wait until next year or make it a New Year’s resolution — Pick up the phone today.”
As the executive producer of Live For the Moment, “Making the show was a moving experience for me,” Probst says. “It achieved for me what I hope it will achieve for who watch it, which is I altered the way I live my life. We want to find a way to tell stories that might make be a little more aware of how they are living their lives.” — Cynthia Wang
TELL US: Will you tune in to Live For the Moment? Do you want Jeff back on Survivor?