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.
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.
The victims would then be mercilessly berated by the manic Barris, with a hat often yanked down over his eyes and ears, and a crew of second-tier celebrities.
He called himself "The King of Daytime Television," but to critics he was "The King of Schlock" or "The Baron of Bad Taste."As "The Gong Show" and Barris' other series were slipping, he sold his company for a reported $100 million in 1980 and decided to go into films.
Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females.
But in all cases, the questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers.
In 2002, as George Clooney had just wrapped up work on the film version of “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” — perhaps pushing the storyline even further from the truth — Barris sat down with The Times and reflected. He worried that his eventual obituary would be just what it was — the creator of the “Gong Show” and “The Dating Game” has died."I've created hit TV shows, but nothing has been great.
I've written rock songs, but I'm not a big music star. “It gave the impression of me being a clown, a court jester.
Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange.
The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.
He wrote that he blamed himself for her fate, that he was so caught up in Hollywood that he had overlooked her needs until she dropped out of Beverly Hills High School and ran away from home.