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October 11th, 2001

Family Feud

Here’s a simple question:

Who was the best host of Family Feud?

The original: Richard Dawson, who kissed every woman that ever came on the show and offered up lollipops as a way to get extra money?

The tragic ending: Ray Combs, a stand-up comedian-turned host who killed himself backstage after a show? (turns out that last part isn’t true, see comments)

The new school: Louie Anderson, who went from stand-up comedian to cartoon character to game show host?

For me, it’s an easy choice: Richard Dawson. He defined Family Feud and set the standard. Combs did a good job as a follow-up host and Louie Anderson may be fine, but the whole game has been terribly bastardized with too much flash.


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FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday October 11, 2001 -- 11:00:30AM
I agree.

Ray Combs had too many rocks in (or against) his head. Ha! That was an awful joke.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday October 11, 2001 -- 12:24:33PM
For the record: Don't quote me on this, but I think Ray Combs had been off FF for a while when he killed himself, the result of a bad car crash that nearly killed him and sent him into a deep depression. So it would seem unlikely he killed himself backstage.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday October 11, 2001 -- 12:28:17PM
Hm... I coulda' sworn that one of the "True Holywood Stories" that was about his life had someone say that he went backstage quietly after an episode was done and hanged himself.

But looking at this article: it appears that you're right.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday October 11, 2001 -- 1:26:24PM
What can I say? I love a good tragedy.

FROM: Andrew Schroy
DATE: Friday September 12, 2003 -- 8:56:20 pm
Actually, in the THS on Ray Combs, Howard Felsher says this:

"He just walked offstage during the final commercial break and left the building and never came back to say good-bye to anybody."

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:42:09 pm

FROM: taylor
DATE: Tuesday February 28, 2006 -- 7:18:31 pm
ok. I am a HUGE Keith Urban fan and he was on the show in 2001. I was wondering if anyone has that recorded or knows where i can buy it. I just really really want to see it. Well thanks.


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