Jaye P, Why Did You Gong That Act? Chuck Barris is Off the Air
Chuck Barris, best known as host of the TV series "The Gong Show" and creator of "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game," died Tuesday.
He was 87.
He passed away at his home in Palisades, New York, from natural causes, according to publicist Paul Shefrin.

As host of "The Gong Show," Barris introduced amateur performers to three celebrity judges, who could put a stop to terrible performances by striking the gong. Much like on "American Idol," awful performances became ratings smash hits. The TV show aired from 1976 to 1980.
While his shows were wildly popular, they were not a hit with critics. Barris was panned as the King of Schlock, Baron of Bad Taste and Ayatollah of Trasherola.
Apart from game shows, Barris found success as a writer. He penned six best-selling books and a 1962 pop song, "Palisades Park," which became a No. 3 hit in the US for Freddy Cannon.
Barris later wrote in his book "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," that he worked as a CIA assassin while working in TV -- a claim denied by the agency. The book became a 2002 movie, directed by George Clooney. Sam Rockwell starred as Barris, and the cast included Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Clooney.
Hmm. Chuck Berry and Chuck Barris in the same week? Look out Chuck Norris and Chuck Woolery.

Oddly, I didn't know he lived in Palisades... a scant ten miles from me and also both a fun and funky town.
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Wednesday, Mar 22nd 2017 (11:17am) | Thanks: Kyndi
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dave From: dave SAINTS, BABY!!!
Date: 3/23/17 @ 07:05 AM
I don't remember where it was, but in the last week or so I heard a song being used for the background of a video or a commercial or something that struck me as strangely familiar but I couldn't quite place it... a few hours later it hit me - it was the song that Gene Gene the Dancing Machine danced to.

Gong Show was a childhood favorite, and I have a handful of episodes in my media collection that I trot out whenever I'm feeling nostalgic. If you ever get a chance to see the Gong Show Movie (here's our copy), do - it's a great peek at what Barris' life must have been like during the heyday of the show. Plus, anything with Kitten Natividad in it is automatically worth your time.

RIP, Chuck. Thanks for the laffs.
spam_vigilante From: spam_vigilante Ignore me at your own peril
Date: 3/23/17 @ 03:09 PM
A long time ago, I saw the Gong Show Movie. How long? My ex and I were just dating. The late 1970's. Barris was out of hand in that show but entertaining.

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