Barris quickly sold three more shows: , and at NBC's insistence, he hosted it himself.
Critics argued that the show demeaned its contestants, with its emphasis on showcasing outlandish and wacky acts for a panel of three celeb judges (including the likes of Phyllis Diller and David Letterman) who had the option of hitting a big gong to end a performance. In his book, Barris claimed to have been a CIA assassin in the 1960s and 1970s, assertions that the CIA itself has refuted and which various media entities have implied should be taken with a grain of salt. Della passed away in 1998 at the age of 36 from a drug overdose.
I had a daughter who was a druggie who I could see as an example.
The combination of eccentric guests, Cilla Black's Liverpudlian charm and a 'lorra lorra' terrible jokes made it compulsive viewing for families While those who managed to make fame stick - including Amanda Holden, Jenni Falconer and Ed Byrne - have been well documented, what happened to the more pedestrian contestants...
But they all have the same influence: Chuck Barris, the creator of the one that started it all!
"THE DATING GAME" first premiered on December 20-24, 1965 on abc-TV and remained a fixture on the network in both daytime and nighttime incarnations through the rest of the 1960s and well into the 1970s.
Questions range from a variety of topics like, “If we were to be married, what type of unusual wedding would you dream up?
,” “What’s the last thing you thought about before you went to sleep last night?
Barris started his television career in a low-level position at NBC and then worked his way onto the sales staff, only to get laid off during cutbacks. Clark was the host of increased its budget to send contestants on trips, Barris knew that the opportunity for contestants to appear on television was generally prize enough.