'Survivor' Host Jeff Probst Suffered from Temporary Amnesia That Left Him With ‘Absolutely No Memory’

February 6, 2020

Jeff Probst suffered a brief and scary episode of amnesia last year.

During Wednesday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” the “Survivor” host said the temporary episode left him with “absolutely no memory.”

He recalled the incident happening when he was trying to book a trip for him and his wife.

Probst said the terrifying moment caused him to forget his wife’s birthday.

"It gets to your wife's birthdate. And I went, 'What is my wife's birthdate?' And I couldn't figure it out, so I texted my wife and I said, 'Could you call me?'" Probst admitted.

He also said that he began to forget other details and had “zero recollection of anything that was happening to me.”

He forgot what day of the week it was, where his wife and kids were, or what he was doing.

“I had no idea who I was, where I was,” Probst explained.

“I even wrote a note on my laptop, I wrote a note that said, "For our records, I have no idea why I'm wearing these clothes. I have no idea where our kids are. I have no idea what day it is. I have no idea why I'm writing this,” he told the hosts.

He added, “And then a little later I type, 'I just read this. Have no memory of writing it.'"

The 58-year-old was so shaken up by the occurrence that he booked an appointment to go with a neurosurgeon the next day.

He explained that his memory returned the following day while he was at a neurology appointment.

“I hit the elevator belt to go up to get the MRI, and I had a moment of - cause I didn't know what it was at this moment - "What if this is it? What if this is early dementia?” he wondered.

Despite his concerns, doctors informed him he suffered from a rare phenomenon known as “transient global amnesia.”

The Mayo Clinic describes the disorder as a “sudden, temporary episode of memory loss that can't be attributed to a more common neurological condition.

Symptoms include forgetting recent events and disorientation.

The condition is common in people over 50. The cause is largely unknown, and there’s no treatment as it resolves on its own.

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