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Decades before television talent shows such as "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent" came along, Barris was putting everyday people before the cameras in what was more of a reverse talent show with everyday people who did not mind exposing their vulnerabilities or answering embarrassing questions.
His masterwork was "The Gong Show," which seemed to be the result of let’s-put-on-a-show day at the asylum in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The media mocked him as “the king of schlock” and accused him of exploiting his contestants. " Barris also wrote "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," called it an autobiography and claimed to have carried out CIA assassination jobs while hosting "The Gong Show." Barris never admitted it was a joke but in 2007 told CBS: "Somebody checked (with) the head of the CIA and the head of the CIA said that I must have been standing too close to the gong." The book was made into a movie directed by George Clooney.
Tonight FOX reboots the late-80s, early-90s dating show Love Connection with Bravo darling Andy Cohen, but what has the original host of the show, Chuck Woolery, been up to in the decades since the first Love Connection went off the air?
He now runs Blunt Force Truth, a conservative podcast and blog with Christina Ferrare, but he spent several decades after Love Connection’s 1994 end pursuing more game show endeavors.
In the book, he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied.
The multi-talented game show creator was also a songwriter, writing songs such as “Palisades Park” as well as music for his game shows. Though it only ran two years on NBC and four years in syndication, the show is still remembered for its wacky spoof of the talent show format.
Things grew a little more provocative with Barris' next show, "The Newlywed Game," as couples tried to predict how their new spouses would respond to a series of leading questions.
"I came back and said, ' Let's change the show, have all bad acts and one or two good ones, and people can make a judgment,' " he said in a 2010 interview with The Archive of American Television.
When original host John Barbour didn't work out after about a year, NBC execs insisted that the cuddly, curly-haired Barris come on as his replacement, so he donned a tuxedo and a floppy hat and introduced the acts.
One of Bob Eubanks’ favorite questions to ask contestants was the strangest or most off-beat places the couples ever wanted to “make whoopee.” That questions resulted in a couple of notorious TV moments, including the above 1977 clip in which a woman, Olga, tells Eubanks that the strangest place she ever wanted to have sex wasn’t in a car or outside, but “in the [expletive].” As Eubanks said of the clip later, it never actually made it to air, but still became one of the most infamous clips in game-show history. Some of you have even followed through with subscriptions, which is especially gratifying.
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