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10 Memorable Gong Show Clips to Celebrate Chuck Barris

10 Memorable Gong Show Clips to Celebrate Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris, one of the most influential figures in American television history, died Tuesday at the age of 87.

Harris, whose career involved songwriting, working in ABC’s standards and practices department and — according to him — working for the CIA, was the creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, both hugely important watersheds in the annals of television history.

Barris would then go on to create and host The Gong Show, which is best remembered for being one of the first barrels of unadulterated insanity to air on network television. Basically a variety competition “talent” show, Gong Show was
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Chuck Barris, 'Gong Show' and 'Dating Game' Creator, Dead at 87

Chuck Barris, 'Gong Show' and 'Dating Game' Creator, Dead at 87
Chuck Barris, the quirky host of the controversial and absurd Seventies series The Gong Show and creator of hit game shows like The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, died Tuesday. He was 87.

Barris died of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York, his longtime publicist told The Associated Press.

Dubbed the "King of Schlock," Barris' long career in show business began behind the scenes, first on programs like American Bandstand and then as a songwriter thanks to Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park." The song peaked at Number
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The Gong Show: ABC Orders Game Show Revival with Will Arnett

Paging the Unknown Comic. ABC has ordered a reboot of The Gong Show TV series, from Will Arnett, who is executive producing for his Electric Avenue Productions.Created and produced by Chuck Barris, the original version of The Gong Show premiered on NBC in 1976 and ran through 1978. It also aired in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. Barris hosted the amateur talent competition both on NBC, and in syndication, from 1977 to 1980.Frequent celebrity guests panelists on the original series included: Trixie Dejonge, Jaye P. Morgan, Gary Owens, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson, Rip Taylor, Phyllis Diller, Anson Williams, Jo Anne Worley, and Rex Reed.Read More…
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Jimmy Fallon Turns Down Oscars Host Invitation

Update: Looks like no one's going to be auto-tuning the Academy Awards this year, as Jimmy Fallon has officially turned down the invitation to host.

"It's an honor to be asked by the academy, but it's not my year," Fallon told Matt Lauer on "Today."


Hosting the Oscars is no picnic, as James Franco and Anne Hathaway proved in 2011.

It takes style, panache, a way with the crowd, and just enough edge to be funny but not upset the 97-year-olds in AMPAS, all of which Jimmy Fallon possesses. That explains why The Los Angeles Times reports they're in negotiations with the late night comedian to host February's 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Longtime SNL and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" producer Lorne Michaels would take the reins of the broadcast. Negotiations are not set in stone, thanks to objections being generated by ABC, who are uncomfortable with NBC talent fronting their big show.
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Tina Fey: 'Ugly, pear-shaped and bitchy? I prefer offbeat, business class-assed and exhausted'

She is America's queen of comedy – and the greatest Sarah Palin impersonator ever. In an extract from her memoir, Bossypants, Tina Fey considers the pros and cons of breastfeeding, explains why male comedy writers pee in cups – and has some choice words for her detractors

Peeing in Jars with Boys

My first show as a writer at Saturday Night Live was 27 September 1997. The host was Sylvester Stallone.

It was the first time I had ever seen a real movie star up close. Real movie stars do look different from regular people. They are often a little smaller and usually have nicer teeth, shoes and watches than anyone else in the room. Stallone smoked a cigar during the host meeting, which was pretty badass. I don't remember what sketch ideas I pitched, but I know that on that first writing night, I completely froze up. I sat at my computer from
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Cameron Diaz Agrees To Marry An Unknown Comic Book Fan

Cameron Diaz has agreed to marry an unknown comic book fan. The "What Happens in Vegas" actress was given the unexpected proposal when answering questions from fans at the Comic-Con 2009 convention in San Diego, California.

The unidentified man shouted out to the Hollywood actress: "Will you marry me?"

She answered: "Yes! Where are you? Why not?"

However, Cameron did have one stipulation for her potential fiance - that they tie the knot in the Us gambling capital Las Vegas.
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