Jeff Probst, Ricki Lake get the ax

With so many new talk shows debuting each year, The Ricki Lake Show and The Jeff Probst Show are on their way out.

Probst, who moonlighted from Survivor to The Jeff Probst Show last September, is departing from the CBS Television Distribution daily sixty-minute talk show to focus on the Survivor franchise. Meanwhile, the fate of Twentieth Television chat-azine The Ricki Lake Show remains undecided as production unwinds later this month.

Both are among the casualties of talk-show megahits having aired after one season, joining Dennis Miller, Ryan Seacrest, Ainsley Harriott, Chuck Woolery, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and many other talk personalities having trouble emceeing a number of first-run syndication flops.

Remember Fred Roggin and Arthell Neville? They co-hosted a short-lived talk show back in the late 1990s. So did Stanley Siegel, who hosted a classic talk show broadcast from New York on WABC-TV during the 1970s and, since the mid-1970s to early 1980s, WCBS-TV until 1982.


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