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Jonathan LaPaglia named as host of Australian Survivor

Jonathan La PagliaHere’s Australia’s answer to Jeff Probst. Jonathan La Paglia, the star of ABC drama The Slap and brother of Hollywood star Anthony is Ten’s choice to host Australian Survivor this year.

In a statement Ten said La Paglia, known for his commitment to personal fitness and outdoor pursuits, is a long-time, avid fan of Survivor.

La Paglia said: “I am honoured to be hosting the Australian version of Survivor, the show that pioneered the mainstream reality television genre almost 20 years ago. 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”.

Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “Jonathan is the perfect host for Australian Survivor. He is intelligent, engaging, energetic and a true fan of the show.

“We considered many people for the role. When we talked to Jonathan, we knew immediately that he was the ideal person to host this exciting, spectacular and dynamic family entertainment series. We are very happy to welcome Jonathan to Australian Survivor and to Network Ten.”

“His  diverse acting career and personal interest holds him in good stead to host Australian Survivor,” Ten said.

As well as The Slap La Paglia has starred in a number of Australian dramas including Underbelly: Badness and Love Child, as well as the international drama series Cold Case, The District, Windfall, New York Undercover and Seven Days.

Most recently, he had a starring role in the independent film Pioneer and his other feature credits include Deconstructing Harry, The Dead Will Tell and The Reckoning.

Australian Survivor will be produced for Network Ten by Endemol Shine Australia, in association with format creator Castaway Television Productions Ltd.

Australian Survivor, which will be set on a remote tropical island overseas, will premiere on Ten in 2016.

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