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Reality TV Showdown: Jeff Probst vs. Phil Keoghan Saturday, April 14, 2007

Posted by ladyandrea in Lady Andrea, reality TV.

Sparked by a comment from the Survivor thread and a suggestion from wonderful Steve, I decided to do a showdown about who is the better, cooler, hotter, awesomer reality TV host, Jeff Probst or Phil Keoghan. I find both of these guys to be pretty cool, to tell the truth. They have fun jobs, they don’t seem to take themselves too seriously and they are good sports about some of the absolute crap they have to put up with. This is also just Lady Andrea’s comparison. Feel free to leave your opinions in the comments.

Jeff: 44
Phil: 39
Edge: This one goes to Phil. Jeff is old enough to have been in school with my dad, Phil is not. That is all there is to it.

Jeff: Wichita, KS
Phil: Christchurch, New Zealand
Edge: Totally Phil, by a mile. New Zealand is awesome. Kansas is boring. Christchurch is a great name. The only way Jeff would’ve pulled this one off is if “Kansas” meant he was born on tour with the band.

Other Gigs
Jeff: Hosted VH1’s Rock n Roll Jeopardy
Phil: Hosted Miss World 2003
Edge: Let’s see…..dumb game show for a channel that is only good for “I Love the [decade]” marathons or 100 of the most beautiful women in the world? Edge goes to Phil.

Phil Keoghan is off to a commanding 3-0 lead. Phil is the first team to arrive while Jeff is back in Alaska on a dogsled. Phil is Tom the Firefighter who won everything while Jeff is Wanda the nutcase who sang stupid Survivor-related songs while wearing only a slip. This is not a coincidence; it’s my article. Let’s see if Jeff can make a surge…

Jeff: The tribe has spoken
Phil: You’re the last team to arrive
Edge: Definitely Jeff. “You’re the last team to arrive” is totally boring. If only Phil would adopt the catchphrase of “You’re Philiminated.” That would’ve won. But “the tribe has spoken” is just so melodramatic, which is exactly what reality TV should be.

Trademark Accessory
Jeff: His hats
Phil: His turtlenecks
Edge: Jeff, by a mile. Hats are great. As the Mad Hatter from Care Bears in Wonderland would say, “You like hats? I’m mad about hats!” Wearing a turtleneck is like being strangled by a really weak guy…….all day! If you wear a backpack and a turtleneck, it’s like Charla’s trying to bring you down.

Trademark Facial Feature
Jeff: Dimples.
Phil: Cocked eyebrow
Edge: Gotta go with Phil on this one. I adore dimples, but those are just always there when Jeff smiles. Phil has to BUST OUT the eyebrow cock. He employs it very judiciously and for maximum comedic effect. I can respect that.

Best Season
Jeff: Survivor Palau and Survivor Cook Islands
Phil: Amazing Race 7
Edge: This is a close one, but it goes to Jeff. Palau featured the most dominant tribe ever and firefighter Tom Weston, who I absolutely adored. It also featured Stephenie, a tough chick who got down to being the only member on her tribe. Cook Islands featured the defection of two tribe members, leaving 4 lone Aitutakis that everybody thought would be mincemeat. They ended up being the Final Four, with Yul winning, another guy I absolutely adored. The Amazing Race 7 featured a great finish between Uchenna/Joyce and Rob/Amber, it had great TWoP recaps and it had a great challenge when Joyce shaved her head. But it cannot top Palau and Cook Islands.

Worst Season
Jeff: Survivor Africa
Phil: Family Edition
Edge: Tie. These were both excruciating. The Family Edition of TAR featured a horrible group of people called the Weavers and they basically never left the United States. Survivor Africa was located in a place where the survivors essentially could not leave a giant pen for fear of getting eaten by a lion. The danger factor was interesting until you realized that it really just made the show incredibly boring.

Hot Hookups
Jeff: Julie Berry
Phil: His wife
Edge: Jeff, totally. While I love it that Phil has a wife that he (as far as I know) is faithful to and has a daughter, Jeff hooked up with a contestant from Survivor Vanuatu. Way to go, Jeff.

Jeff: 1, in 2001
Phil: 4, 2003-2006
Edge: Phil, obviously. The Amazing Race consistently kicks Survivor’s ass in the award categories. It really is a better quality show, in my opinion.

It was a close race, but Phil edges Jeff 5 to 4. Discuss.



1. The Fan's Attic - Saturday, April 14, 2007

I’m gay for Probst. I think the two have entirely different functions, and both do them well. But, Probst has a more integral role in the show and he does it very well. I think that puts him over the top.

And, Stephenie is one of all-time favorite contestants on Survivor. Hot, tough and intelligent. Now, I’m straight for Stephenie. She was just unlucky.

2. Baba Oje - Saturday, April 14, 2007

1) That might be the douchiest looking family I have ever seen.
2) You fail to mention that Probst jetskis the votes from the final tribal council the the announcement and always arrives right on time.
3) Are people from Iowa allowed to make fun of people from Kansas because its boring? That’s like Clay Aiken calling Tom Cruise gay. Oh, snap!
4) I was in downtown Boise, Idaho, and I saw a duck. And I knew the duck was lost, ’cause ducks ain’t supposed to be downtown; there’s nothing for ’em there.
5) Hedberg was the voice of Jimmy John’s commercials. I did not know this.

3. ladyandrea - Saturday, April 14, 2007

I knew the Iowa thing would come up. My defense is that if it had been Iowa vs. Christchurch, New Zealand, I would’ve written exactly the same thing. Except without the Kansas joke. There is no band called “Iowa.”

4. steve - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Baba: Yes it’s true that Probst can ride a jetski, but Phil bungee jumps.

5. Baba Oje - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Steve: A dead guy can bungee jump, all you need to do is tie a rubber band to his leg and push him off a bridge. Jetskiing across the atlantic, on the other hand…

6. Baba Oje - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Guess what I’m saying is that, just like in life, jetskiing ability should be a major judge of you as a person

7. undergroundbto - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Although I favor Jeff in these circumstances, I think that both of these guys are fairly interchangeable on their shows – that is, I think Phil could host Survivor, and Jeff could host TAR, and we would have pretty much the same thing.

But in real life, Jeff would kick Phil’s arse.

RE: Kansas – I really feel that you missed the point here. It’s more impressive for Jeff to come from ‘boring’ Kansas and jaunt around the world doing Survivor than it is for Phil to come from ‘awesome’ New Zealand and jaunt around the world doing TAR.

8. steve - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Game show network was showing TAR Family Edition last weekend. And the girl from the TAR picture above resembles Candice Cameron. I hated that team so much. Mostly because they were whiny bitches.

9. Baba Oje - Saturday, April 14, 2007

@BTO: can somebody explain this whole “arse” thing. The brits seem to love it. Is it just ass with some random, extra letters added for no reason

10. DougOLis - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Worst season is not a tie; TAR Family Edition was terrible. At least Survivor Africa had some interesting contestants. Best season of Survivor was Survivor: Outback but Palau was close. Outback was just sick.

I love Phil and he is a much cooler guy who I’d actually want to hang out with. I would defend him to the death as I implied yesterday, but if this is a vote of badassness then I have to admit that Jeff wins. Jeff’s a giant dick and he will fuck with the contestants on Survivor while Phil mostly guides them along.

11. DougOLis - Saturday, April 14, 2007

@Baba – There’s a wikipedia entry for arse, that frightens me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arse

It sounds like it started out being a worse way of saying ass (which was usually associated with donkey), but is now less profane in England.

12. goathair - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Two facts not mentioned:

-Jeff Probst has mad machete skillz.

-Phil has man boobs.

albertfan - Saturday, November 21, 2015

Yes. Phil has man boobs and man boobs pretty much ends all discussion.Hard looking at a guy who should be wearing spanx or a bra.
A lady just can’t get over it! No matter what! Yikes!

13. steve - Saturday, April 14, 2007

Truth be told, I don’t trust any man that wears a necklace.

albertfan - Saturday, November 21, 2015

Or a bra.

14. jebushchrist - Sunday, April 15, 2007

Another fact not mentioned: These two both got their start on the FX morning show Breakfast Time way back in the day. Phil owned Probsty even then. Sorry Probst but Phil says more with his arched eyebrow than you say with all of your asshattery at Tribal Council in an entire season.

A friendly word of advice though to Phil. Stop having a waist that’s wider than your shoulders. That’s not cool man.

15. ladyandrea - Sunday, April 15, 2007

Not everybody can have an inverted triangle for an upper body, Jebus. And yes, Phil’s arched eyebrow rules all.

albertfan - Saturday, November 21, 2015

Phil has boobs; enough said.

16. mingusmonk - Monday, April 16, 2007

Phil confirmed Tim Hardaway’s suspicions last night. Danny and Oswald, excited to be in first … gladly greeting Phil.

He delivers a blank stare. Devoid of eyebrow movement. And plainly delivers “D and O, you are in first place.” Never cracked a smile.

But he seemed a totally different guy for the rest of the arrivals.

17. jebushchrist - Monday, April 16, 2007

LA – True.

albertfan - Saturday, November 21, 2015

But the boobs. Phil’s boobs. Tried to put the windshield wipers on and erase the image from my mind. No matter how hard I try; it’s just hopeless.

18. frusciantefan - Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Phil and Jeff are both awesome, I’d like to see them swap spots haha. Jeff on the Amazing Race and Phil on Survivor

19. amy - Friday, September 4, 2009

last night on the amazing race phil got all ‘call the medics’ when that girl collapsed at the finish line. that was good
BUT on the other hand jeff was totally calm when that crazy woman went off at him in all stars. “i was alienated, dehumanised and totally spent JEFF!”
BUT remember when jonathon was about to physically abuse his wife on tv and phil made a really scathing remark to jonathon that like saved the day
BUT every time you see jeff hes standing on some kind of volcan. its never just a mat in the middle of nowhere is it?
BUT phil apparently is some kind of adventurer and thats how he got the job
BUT when jeff has to transport the votes to new york/wherever it is he does it in the most awesome way (machetes through the jungles of africa then jumps on a helicopter and mysteriously arrives in new york/wherever three months in the future

its gotta be jeff i think

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22. Alexandros Martinez - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I love Phil Keoghan, because if he traded roles with Jeff, he would cause drama between contestants and get them eliminated.

23. yes tam - Saturday, October 28, 2017

phil is way better than jeff in my opinion. phil keeps TAR as a fair game, he would punish contestants simply bcoz they were mistaken in collecting the other team’s bag(costing the other team’s time).
jeff, he was not a fair judge, also survivor is not a fair game. in a challenge, a female contestant pulled a gal contestant’s top, attempted to stop her moving from flashing, he seemed rather enjoying it. no punishment.
in the very old season, he agreed to provide peanut butter chocolate(?) to 2 crazy gals to exchange they show themselves on TV topless.
he is juz very nasty. i feel surprised he had ever won a best host award.

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