LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jeff Probst said he's decided that life without ``Survivor'' wouldn't be as much fun and he's sticking with the CBS reality series.
``I was thinking about retiring and spending my time traveling to exotic locations around the world, meeting new and interesting people. Then I realized, uh, wait a second, I'm already doing that with 'Survivor' and getting paid for it, as well,'' Probst, 44, said in a statement Thursday.
He has signed a new multiyear deal, CBS spokesman Chris Ender said.
Probst said in October that he was weighing whether to continue with the show. He has hosted ``Survivor'' since it debuted in summer 2000 and his current contract ends with the edition now in production.
Mark Burnett, the show's executive producer, lauded Probst's contributions to the ``ever-evolving game'' in which players face physical and mental challenges in a bid to win $1 million.
``I consider him a friend and look forward to continuing to keep 'Survivor' fresh with Jeff for many more seasons,'' Burnett said in a statement.
Last month, CBS announced that it will air the 13th and 14th versions of ``Survivor'' in the 2006-07 season.
The 12th edition, being filmed at an undisclosed location, is slated for the spring. The finale for the current show, ``Survivor: Guatemala,'' is Sunday, 8 p.m. EST.