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Five Creepy Game Show Hosts

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 22nd 2010 2:02PM
Fergie Olver, host of the game show Game show hosts by their very job description creep me down to the bone. It's just in their nature. They have to go out of their way to make ordinary people look comfortable, even though they have never been on television.

Some housewife from Minnesota who is one number away from owning a new Ford Focus is so nervous, she could fly into an eye-bleeding seizure at any moment. Enter the host. He has to step in and calm her down before that happens.

However, there is a fine line between comforting someone and invading their personal space with the force of a German infantry. These are the hosts who put that creepy feeling you get whenever you hear the phrase, "Come on down!"

Jim Peck from '3's a Crowd'

The advent of privacy-invading game shows like 'The Newlywed Game' and this pseudo-spinoff ushered in the kind of TV creepiness that wouldn't be seen again until the rise of the daytime talk show. This 1970's baby of TV guru Chuck Barris took three guys and asked embarrassing questions to their wives and secretaries. The only thing that made the whole affair more uncomfortable to watch was Peck's total non-reaction to the intrusive and disturbing things being spouted back at him, all in the name of points.

He was so eerily quiet and aloof during these admissions of extramarital affairs and female competitiveness that it was impossible not to imagine him standing off screen in a bulky trenchcoat that keeps his hands out of sight. In this clip, for instance, he asks a question that creates a full-on hair pulling match between two ladies and not only does he not intervene, he doesn't even say anything to try and break it up.

Richard Dawson from 'Family Feud'
Dawson's amorous ways are well-known in the annals of television history, particularly with his trademark kiss to all of the fairer-sex contestants on his stage. If you walked out on the set of 'Family Feud' with at least one X chromosome, Dawson was definitely going to plant a big wet one on you. He stopped it because his daughter asked him to during his return to the show's revival in the early 1990s.

Bob Barker from 'The Price is Right'
When you're constantly surrounded a bevy of female eye candy, your hormones are bound to get the better of you. Normally when a game show host goes out of his way to complement every female contestant on the stage, it's written off as just playful banter to keep them calm. That all changed when word surfaced about Bob Barker's off-screen antics with Dian Parkinson. Now every "pretty face" compliment and "atta girl" praise feels like there's more than just a rising price on the set.

Fergie Olver from 'Just Like Mom'
You rarely see the same level of creepiness on children's game shows. That's because none of those hosts want to even come close to reaching the excruciating level that this Canadian game show host reached. His requests for hugs and kisses from his younger contestants made Dawson look like a chaste Buddhist monk. What makes it even worse was all of this took place right in front of the child's mother. You might want to tape your spine down because this could send it flying out of the back of your neck.

Kevin Pereira from 'Billionaire!'
The 'Attack of the Show' host and G4 fixture once dipped his toe in the fountain of game show stardom when he hosted this obvious 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' ripoff. It was extremely short-lived, due to his sultry sister contestant, his horndog-ish hosting ability and his extra duties as the show's question writer.

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Simone Damiani

Tv Formats: On air "The Newlywed Game: Bondage Version"

An italian tv is airing a terrific show inspired by "The Newlywed Game". It is called "Quiz And Wax" and it is a sadistic version of the famous american tv format. The boyfriend that doesn't guess the answer of his girl, has got to suffer painful strips of depilatory wax on their naked bodies.

ONE EPISODE OF THE SHOW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx_5zlNwdKo

12/05/2010 - It is a brand new tv format but it is a alredy a huge success in Italy. This show is inspired to "The Newlywed Game" but enriched in a sadistic way. In "The Newlywed Game" newly-married couples has got to answer questions to discover how the spous know each other. In "Quiz And Wax", the boys that give wrong answer has got to suffer painful strips of depilatory wax on their naked bodies.

The show is located in a reconstruction of a dirty garage, full of torture instruments of any type. The guys are undressed and chained by the anchor Lara Basso, dressed like a bondage mistress, with a cracking whip in her hand.

The show is called "Quiz And Wax" (Quiz is the italian word that means Game Show). It is an original idea by Simone Damiani and it is broadcasted by Bonsai Tv, a famous italian IPTV created by Endemol Group.

Simone Damiani was born in 1980 in Civitavecchia, a small town near Rome. Torno Subito is his first movie. He starts playing with the camera at 16. From that moment he never stops. He discovered what he wants to do of his life during the "School of the Arts" in Civitavecchia. His teachers were Steven Natanson, Daniele Vicari, Stefano Reali e Salvatore Basile, famous italian directors and scriptwriters. Between 2002 and 2005 he shots music videos for Virgin Uk, EMI Music and Rai Trade. From 2008 he works as a filmmaker and author for Current Tv Italy, Mtv South and Endemol Italy. Now he works creating tv formats for Endemol.





May 12 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No matter what game show you are on, ( that is if you are a contesdent) make sure you have a lot of money with you or in your checking account. When you win a prize don't forget you have to pay the taxes on it before you get to keep it. Just think if you win a car or boat the taxes are a lot. What about a trip to Europe? Yep your stuck with paying the taxes on that also. So if you go to see the Price Is Right, like I did, make sure you carry your check book with you and have a pen with a lot of ink to right out those taxes. Good Luck and have fun.

April 26 2010 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry, Fergie Olver is definitely the creepiest. Cringeworthy. I bet he's on the Canadian version of Megan's List.

April 22 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Bungle

I hope you aren't serious about Kevin Pereira. That is obviously a comedy bit they did for Attack Of The Show. Clearly Olivia Munn plays the nun.

April 22 2010 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone has at least one X chromosome. They are a necessary part of being human.

April 22 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I saw the Fergie Olver one on Kelly Oxford's blog and I'm just wondering, did she give you the idea for this post?

April 22 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Richard Dawson always came across so lecherous. I guess it had something to do with the time period, and the women seemed willing but...he was creepy.

April 22 2010 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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