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Jeff Probst: Typhoon Haiyan Devastation Is ‘Heartbreaking’

November 14, 2013 09:59 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

Jeff Probst has spent plenty of time in the Philippines these past few years, what with the filming of four seasons of Survivor. Given the great fondness he feels for the friendly people he’s met while abroad, it only stands to reason that the reality television host is deeply saddened by news of Typhoon Haiyan.

Survivor fans have had the opportunity to witness plenty of stunning scenery from the Philippines, as the islands served as the backdrop for multiple seasons of the reality show. This increased familiarity makes news of the Typhoon Haiyan all the more tragic. Thus far, the natural disaster is responsible for the death of 3,600 victims (and counting), not to mention the complete decimation of several towns and cities.

This tragedy really struck a nerve for Jeff Probst, who tells Entertainment Weekly that he’s spent nearly eight months of the past two years in the Philippines. The television host adds, “Seeing this devastation is truly heartbreaking. You feel simultaneously helpless to contribute in any significant way and grateful to be home safe and sound with your own family.”

Despite these feelings of helplessness, Jeff is determined to do his part. Aware of his influence and the role that could play in raising money for charity, he explains, “CBS is being very active in helping raise awareness and support. Survivor is also being very active in doing our own internal fundraising and I would imagine we will somehow involve the live reunion show as well.”

We’re glad to see Jeff Probst lending his talents to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort! What do you think of his plans to incorporate the catastrophe into the Survivor reunion show? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below!

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