As the host of the popular reality television series ‘survivor’ since the program’s start in 2000, Jeff Probst has established himself as a household celebrity. The 59-year-old has gained enormous fame since making his long-term appearance on our small screens, but his personal life is one aspect of him that some fans may not be too familiar with.
We look deeper at his marriage to Lisa Ann Russell, 49, and his blended family, which he has enjoyed for the past decade.
Who is Jeff Probst’s Wife, Lisa Ann Russell?
Former model Lisa was born in Illinois and has some experience in show business. The 49-year-old started as a model for Revelon as a young girl. Later, she moved into acting, playing minor roles in Twisted Love (1995) and Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights (1998). In 2013, the actress appeared on Saved by the Bell: The College Years and even went on her husband Jeff’s talk show.
When Did Jeff and Lisa Get Married?
In a secret LA ceremony, Jeff and Lisa got married in 2011. Although Jeff has been in the Survivor spotlight for a long time, he prefers to keep his personal life private, marrying his wife Lisa in a secret ceremony on December 5, 2011. Jeff and Lisa exchanged vows in a “private Los Angeles residence” during an “intimate ceremony” with just close family and friends present.
Lisa Previously Married Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Lisa and Jeff’s marriage was their second since Jeff was previously married to psychiatrist Shelly Wright from 1996 to 2001, while Lisa was previously married to Mark-Paul Gosselaar from 1996 to 2010. Mark, of Saved by the Bell fame, has two children with Lisa: Michael Charles, born in 2004, and Ava Lorenn, born in 2006.
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Lisa Wanted Him to Leave ‘Survivor’
Jeff has been a staple of the long-running series since it premiered, but Lisa reportedly pushed her husband to leave the show. The mother-of-two hoped her boyfriend would eventually leave the series, according to a 2017 piece from Radar Online–
“Jeff loves his crazy job and the very peaceful home life he goes home to when he’s not shooting, but his wife, Lisa, wants him home permanently. Now that her kids are teenagers, Lisa needs his help more than ever. She says the family doesn’t need the Survivor money and that they’re completely set for life.”
Despite Lisa allegedly indicating that she wants her husband off the Survivor island, Jeff seems to be moving forward apace that the show’s new format has produced “a faster, more dangerous, and much more intense game.”
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