On a recent episode of Larry King Now, Survivor host Jeff Probst opened up about his life as a step-father to children Michael and Ava – a role he happily assumed when he married Lisa Ann Russell, the ex-wife of Saved By The Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
“Well, [Mark and Lisa] were together almost 20 years. They had a long marriage and they raised these two young kids,” the handsome host explains. “They raised them with the kind of love that the kids [see me and Mark’s wife Catriona McGinn] as two more parents.”
When Larry comments that the kids don’t consider Jeff a step-father, the Emmy Award winner responds, “They’re not step-kids.”
“They call me dad,” Jeff continues. “When we were together before we got married, they were playing with it. Sometimes it’d be dad, sometimes it’d be Jeff, dad two, sometimes it’d be D-2. But when we got married, when this ring went on my finger, Michael looked up and said, ‘dad,’ and I could tell that he knew now that this big thing was official and it was real.”
Jeff and Lisa married in 2011.