Lisa Ann Russell , Jeff Probst - Celebrities attend The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar. at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 17th January 2016
Jeff Probst , Lisa Ann Russell - 21st Annual Critics Choice Awards 2016 held at the Barker Hanger Airport in Santa Monica. at Barker Hanger Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 17th January 2016
The reality TV contestant was reportedly crushed by a train car.
Caleb Bankston, the former contestant on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, has reportedly been killed in a horrifying coal plant accident in Birmingham, Alabama. The 26 year-old was working at the plant when the train car he was working on suddenly derailed and crushed him, according to The Birmingham News.
The newspaper reports that Bankston was standing on the ladder of a hopper car and directing an engineer who was backing up a train when the car suddenly derailed at the Walter Coke Plant in Birmingham around midday on Tuesday. He was working on the Alabama Warrior Railway, where he was a train engineer and conductor.
Bankston had appeared on the 27th season of the popular competitive reality television show, which aired in summer 2013. Returning castaways and their loved ones featured on the show competing against each other. Bankston competed with his fiancé Colton Cumbie and the pair were eliminated on the 32nd day of the show in ninth place.
Katie Couric is more of a heartbreaker than we thought.
It always feels a bit strange when celebrities open up about their dating lives, but when it’s Katie Couric, everyone pays attention. The journalist and talkshow host apparently has quite an extensive little black book, featuring names like Larry Kind and Bob Saget, among others. Like any woman on the dating circuit, however, Couric has also had her fair share of unsuccessful dates. She told one such amusing story, with a cameo from Survivor host Jeff Probst, on Howard Stern’s radio show on Sirius FM. Let’s just say even stars can have the occasional odd encounter. "He had puka shells on," she recalled. "That was kind of a weird thing."
But, never one to take a hit lying down, Probst reportedly called into Us Weekly the next day to tell his side of the story and explain why there was never a second date. "Katie and I were set up by a mutual friend several years ago. In fact, I don't know if Katie remembers, but that same friend originally tried to set us up way back in 2001," he wrote. "I remember because we were filming Survivor in Kenya which is cool enough -- add to that a date with Katie Couric -- it had the makings of a pretty epic summer. But the timing never worked out and so we never met."
Apparently the romance was ill-fated from the onset. Still, Probst and Couric didn’t leave it at that, as he further explained. "What I remember most about the date is how nervous I was and how little I offered to the conversation," Probst recalled. "It was like I forgot how to go on a date. Like I was 14. We talked a bit about her kids and the challenges of being a parent to teenagers, and we talked a bit about our careers and lifestyles but we never got much beyond the surface."
The Emmy Awards have been accused of being dull and repetitive in the past, with the winners of TV’s top prize rarely changing from year to year. In the face of this rather severe criticism, the powers that be at the Emmy headquarters have promised a shake up for this years Award ceremony and said that there may be a few surprises in store concerning where certain gongs will be handed.
With 17 nominations each, Mad Men and American Horror Story are leading the pack, with the 1950’s set advertising drama set for a fifth straight ‘Outstanding Drama Series’ win. Likewise, Jon Stewart’s long running The Daily Show is set for a tenth straight ‘Outstanding Variety Show’ win, and Jeff Probst expected to win yet another award for his hosting of the reality series Survivor.
This might not be the case however, as the foundations really are expected to be shaken, with Probst not even being nominated for his favourite category this year. What exactly will happen is yet to be seen, but host Jimmy Fallon and the rest of the people behind the scenes have promised that things will be a little different. Still, with falling ratings, especially compared to the Grammys and the Oscars, the powers that be will have to pull something special out of the bag to prove its worth.
Katie Couric's first week on the job as an afternoon talk show host looked mighty impressive. She managed to beat all of her competition on each of the five days of opening week and performed better than the three other debuting talk-show stars, Steve Harvey, Jeff Probst, and Ricki Lake. She also drew bigger audiences than some of her more established competitors such as Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Anderson Cooper. TVbytheNumbers.com pointed out that Couric's success was particularly impressive given the fact that her new show debuted amidst one of the most competitive landscapes in years for syndicated talkers. However, it may be too early to predict that she'll be able to succeed Oprah Winfrey as afternoon talk-show champ. She also drew impressive numbers when she debuted as anchor of the CBS Evening News in 2006.
Katie Couric seemed to send out a message on her very first afternoon talk show don't expect any heavy lifting this time around. Although she once remarked that her tombstone ought to read "Perky No More," Couric appeared to be as perky as she ever was on the Today show, no longer attempting to affect the gravitas often required of her when she anchored the CBS Evening News . Critics took notice. Verne Gay, Newsday 's TV critic, called Couric's talk show "cheerily and almost cheesily down-market." Gay then asked, "Is Jessica Simpson the biggest 'get' a daytime talk show hosted by a veteran newswoman who once anchored the CBS Evening News can land?" He then answered "Probably -- which makes you wonder, or weep, for the future of this new venture." Virtually every critic remarked that the segment with Simpson looked like an infomercial for Weight Watchers. (It even included an appearance by a Weight Watchers' group leader.) Couric asked not a single question to challenge the diet company's modus operandi. "No one would fault Couric for not asking more probing questions of someone like Simpson," David Wiegand wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle . "Nothing against the singer, but it's not quite like asking Sarah Palin what newspapers she reads every day." But even when it came to interviewing her next guest, Sheryl Crow, who was once married to Lance Armstrong, Couric appeared all sweetness. "Audience members who were waiting for Couric to ask Crow if she believed Armstrong used steroids or not were left disappointed. The question remained unasked," Wiegand observed. David Hinkley in Newsday remarked that Couric "was friendly, gentle and warm. ... She did everything but paint her toenails and serve s'mores. What she didn't do was provide a very lively show, which was perplexing for a first day." But Lisa De Moraes in the Washington Post thought she looked "surprisingly nervous for someone who was the queen of morning infotainment TV for 15 years." Mary McNamara, the TV critic for the Los Angeles Times, noted that at the beginning of the show Couric promised that she would be talking to her guests about things "that mattered." Concluded McNamara "We do want to talk about things that matter, and even in the afternoon, that does not include Jessica Simpson's new diet." On the other hand, Alessandra Stanley in The New York Times suggested that the first show was likely focused on presenting Couric as "Miss Relatability." She noted that a promotional spot for the show "looks like the kind of campaign video that tries to frame Mitt Romney as an average Joe." Initial ratings for the show indicated that the strategy paid off. She scored the highest numbers for a daytime premiere since Dr. Phil debuted in September 2002 and outdrew the new talk shows hosted by Steve Harvey, Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake by at least 2-1.
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Katie Couric is leading a whole host of stars preparing for their first seasons as talk show hosts, with many citing the void left by the incomparable Oprah Winfrey as reason why so many are keen to make the leap into the interviewer's chair. The 55 year-old has had a distinguished career in television, but hasn't relied on her past accomplishments to get her new show over with the audience, The Huffington Post reporting that she's prepared for the debut of Katie by joining ABC News, co-hosting Good Morning America and flying to the UK to provide coverage of the Royal family. Her profile couldn't be higher at this point, with a year-long build since it was first announced that she'd be having a Monday evening talk show on Abc.
However, she isn't the only star looking to take a slice of the talk show pie. The New York Daily News reports that Ricki Lake and Jeff Probst will be battling for Monday night supremacy with their own shows beginning this week, whilst Steve Harvey premiered his new show last week.
Continue reading: Katie Couric Heads Battle Of The Monday Night Talk Shows
Last night (May 13, 2012), Kim Spradlin was crowned the winner of Survivor: One World. It seems that her crafty plans paid off as she not only won the vote of the jury but she also won a hefty $100,000 bonus for winning the 'fans' favourite' prize after receiving the highest number of votes. "I strategized until I was blue in the face" says Spradlin and it clearly worked.
This year's show saw two 'tribes' of contestants, living on a beach in Samoa and forced to fend for themselves. The original tribes were split by gender. In the girls' team, 29 year-old Kim had worked in alliance with Sabrina Thompson, 33 and Chelsea Meissner, 26, to ensure that they were still standing in the final rounds. The nine-person jury, comprised of former contestants that had been voted off the show, then voted which of the remaining competitors should be crowned the ultimate 'Survivor.' Thompson, who received two of the final jury votes, to Spradlin's seven, said "We were a mess at the beginning, and then we just pulled it together," Associated Press reports today.
Continue reading: Survivor Philippines Awaits As Kim Is Crowned Winner
U.S. TV personality Jeff Probst is a married man after exchanging vows with actress Lisa Ann Russell.
The Survivor star wed Russell in front of family and friends at a private Los Angeles property on Monday (05Dec11), their spokesperson confirms to People.com.
It is the second marriage for both the bride and groom - Russell divorced former Saved By The Bell star Mark-Paul Gosselaar earlier this year (11). She shares custody of their two children with the actor.
Jenna Fischer, the American actress best known for playing 'Pam' on the US version of 'The Office', has welcomed her first son with husband Lee Kirk, reports People Magazine. The 37-year-old, whose character on the hit comedy is also pregnant, named her new arrival 'Weston Lee'.
Continue reading: Jenna Fischer Names Baby Boy 'Weston Lee'