Network Ten recently announced that actor Jonathan LaPaglia will host “Australian Survivor.” While the news made fans surprised with the Network’s choice, LaPaglia said he was honoured.
According to News.com.au, LaPaglia’s commitment to personal fitness and outdoor pursuits made him a perfect choice to host the show. Network Ten’s announcement took everybody, including LaPaglia, by surprise because the names being speculated included more experienced hosts such as Rove McManus, Dr. Chris Brown, Jamie Durie, and Grant Denyer.
“I’m not sure why they singled me out,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “Out of the blue my agent called me and said, ‘How would you feel about hosting Survivor?’” he added. The actor has already started preparing for his new gig. According to The Daily Telegraph, he even caught up with Jeff Probst who hosts the American “Survivor” for some tips. The two had reportedly met over coffee and they discussed ways to tackle the tribal councils and other aspects of the challenging reality show.
“His job in that part of the show is to try and peel back layers and press buttons to try and expose people,” he said. “I’m totally terrified doing a job like ‘Survivor’ but excited too. I love a challenge,” he added. “Australian Survivor” is set to hit the television screens later this year. It is rumoured that the show will be shot in Samoa in the Pacific Islands.
Beverley McGarvey, Network Ten’s Chief Programming Officer, informed that the “Seven Days” actor is intelligent, engaging, energetic and a true fan of the show, making him a seamless fit for the Australian version.
While the Adelaide-born actor doesn’t have show-hosting experience, he has a great body of work when it comes to acting. He has starred in quite a few Australian shows including “The Slap” and “Underbelly: Badness,” and “Love Child.” He also has been a part of a few popular international ones like “Cold Case,” “The District,” “Windfall,” “New York Undercover,” and “Seven Days.”
“Honoured to be hosting the show that pioneered the mainstream reality television genre almost 20 years ago,” LaPaglia said. “As a big fan of the show, I am delighted and thrilled to bring all the drama, strategy and adventure synonymous with Survivor to Australian viewers,” he signed off.