What happened to Shelly Wright [ Jeff Probst’s ex-wife]?

Shelly Wright is a licensed clinical social worker or in and a psychotherapist. For those of them who do not know what a clinical social worker is, it is an area of social work that focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. However, she is undoubtedly known to many for being Jeff Probst‚Äôs first spouse. Jeff Probst is a television presenter, show host, and executive producer, notably popular for the American reality competition franchise, Survivor. In this article, we will take a closer look at the life of Jeff Probst’s ex-wife.

Who is Jeff Probst’s ex-wife Shelly Wright?¬†

Shelly Wright also known by her other name Rachel Wright is a licensed professional therapist based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, focusing on elder clientele and adults, frequently, victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Despite being a known name in her line of work Shelly finds herself in the limelight for a completely different reason as the ex-wife of Jeff Probst.

Jeff Probst first wife Shelly Wright
Jeff Probst’s first wife Shelly Wright

How old is Shelly Wright?

Shelly was born in October 1960 in the United States. The birthdate makes her age 62-year-old. Shelly is American by nationality and her family tree traces her to European Ancestry. 

Shelly Wright’s marriage to Jeff Probst did not bear any children.

Shelly Wright and Jeff Probst met as a normal couple. Without prying media, the two had a normal love affair. This is the time we are talking about the ’90s when Jeff was yet to come with the “Survivor” series, yet to become a recognized author to name a few books: New York Times bestseller “Stranded,” and the sequel to it “Trial By Fire.”

After one, two, and many dates  Jeff and Shelly Wright made their dream come true. The in-love pair walked down the wedding aisle in 1996. Nearly four years into marriage, Jeff was at the beginning of his successful career all the while the couple was having difficulties in their relationship. In 2001 the marriage ended with a divorce.

Jeff Probst and Shelly Wright divorced in 2001
Jeff Probst and Shelly Wright divorced in 2001

To this day, Shelly and Jeff keep details of their marriage and have not shared as to why they separated. After the divorce, the custody of their dog, a mix of the two dog breeds: Jack Russel and Whippet went to both. Sadly the dog passed away some years ago. The pair did not bear any kids during their time together.¬†Let’s take a further look at how their life has turned out and who they are married to now.

What is Shelly Wright doing now? Her spouse?

Nearly 21 years after separation, Shelly Wright and her ex-husband, Jeff have gone on to lead a very different path. Jeff Probst boosts his name as a TV host and has bagged several accolades.  He won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, for four consecutive years 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011. Meanwhile, Shelly leads off-screen life as a psychotherapist.

If we shed some light on their personal life, Jeff suffered a few bumps until his right girl came. He dated Julie Berry, a former contestant on the Survivor series. The pair first came in touch via email, this formal introduction was just a spark to their three years love journey. Jeff and Julie officially broke up in early 2008.

Jeff Probst current wife and children
Jeff Probst’s current wife Lisa Ann Russell and two children

The third time was the charm, Jeff married, a former model, Lisa Ann Russell, on December 5th, 2011. The pair share custody of a son Michael (born in 2004) and a daughter Ava (born in 2006), both children are from Russell’s ex-husband¬†¬†Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Moving on from divorce, Shelly Wright has lived a lowkey life. She is not active on social media or otherwise, she is using a different name. The ex-wife of Survivor man has impressively shut down all the information about her current husband and children. She is more active in her professional career. Shelly is a resident of Tennessee and runs her therapy session from her office in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Shelly Wright Qualifications and Career.

Shelly Wright completed her Master in Social Work, and Master in Sociology from the University of Tennessee and the University of North Dakota respectively. As for prior work experiences, she was the State Victim Services Director at MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Tennessee State Office from 1996-2004. Then she went on to work as a Sexual Assault Therapist at Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center, based in Tennessee, from 2006 till the present. Talking about her experience in Clinical social work Shelly wrote:

“I have experience working with people who feel stuck in life, are making life transitions, or are having difficulty with feeling anxious or sad. I also specialize in working with people who have experienced trauma in their lives, whether it is recent or long ago.”

Net Worth:

As for Shelly‚Äôs net worth, the official information has not been disclosed anywhere. However, we can assume she earns a decent figure since a therapist earns anywhere from US$49,000‚ÄďUS$73,000 annually, depending on the years of work experience, the actual number may vary from country to county and company to company. As a veteran in the field, Shelly charges $60-80 for her therapy session.

Wiki/Bio Facts:

NameShelly Wright
Other NameRachel Wright
BirthdateOctober 1960
BirthplaceUnited States
Father’s nameN/A
Mother’s NameN/A
Lesbian (yes/no)No
EducationUniversity of Tennessee (graduated 1995), University of North Dakota
ProfessionTherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Net WorthN/A
Divorce (yes/no)Yes
Marital StatusUnmarried
Relationship StatusSingle
Ex-HusbandJeff Probst (1996-2001)
Eye ColorGrey
Hair ColorBlonde
Social MediaLinkedin

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