Friday, May 26, 2006

Ricki Lake Learns Hosting Game Shows Harder Than It Looks

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Anyone who thinks hosting a game show is easy will get an argument from Ricki Lake.

The former talk show host is now the host of Game Show Marathon, a revival of classic game shows like The Price Is Right, Match Game and Card Sharks featuring celebrity contestants like Lance Bass, Leslie Nielsen and Kathy Najimy.

Lake is a longtime game show fan but admits it wasn’t until she closely studied the work of Bob Barker and Monty Hall that she realized how hard it is.

As she puts it, “Monty Hall is a genius. Let’s Make A Deal is host dependent and he has to carry that show without knowing what is going to happen. And Bob Barker? He knows the rules to 70 different games by heart.”

Game Show Marathon will air Wednesdays and Thursdays starting May 31 and although the show’s set duplicates everything from the original games – including the shag carpeting seen on Match Game – Lake insists it’s not cheesy.

In her words, “It’s homage, not fromage.”

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