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February 12th, 2003

Family Feud Revisited

A while back, Ryan asked us about our favorite Family Feud host. A noble question, to be sure, but one that couldn’t possibly tell the future. Nowadays, Family Feud features Richard Karn – TV’s “Al” – as its host.

I don’t know what it is, exactly, but something about Richard Karn really creeps me out. I guess its his stage presence, or perhaps that beard. In any event, he makes me feel odd watching the show. And not in the same way Ray Combs did, either.

Therefore, I suggest that we simply create a Richard Dawson robot, and have it host the show. There’s no point in having anyone but the Dawsonbot hosting this classic game show. And let’s bring back the old set, too. None of this high-tech gibberish. Except for the robot.

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday February 12, 2003 -- 9:56:27 am
I saw some clips of Karn's FF on the latest installment of The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments last night.

To me, FF is all about the set. Anything remotely "modern" kills the mood. Same thing happened to Card Sharks when Bob Eubanks became host.

Think about it, though -- all the best game show sets came from the late 70's/early 80's (Card Sharks with Jim Perry, Tic Tac Dough with Wink Martendale, The Joker's Wild with Jack Barry, and Family Feud with Richard Dawson... the sets were distinctive. These days, all the sets try too hard to be Millionaire...

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 12, 2003 -- 11:07:06 am
Speaking of millionaire, I wonder if tis easier to get on that show now that the hype has died down? I still think its the easiest 32K you'll ever make. You have to be a frigging idiot to not get at least that far.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday February 12, 2003 -- 2:00:24 pm
Chris -- probably. Isn't on 5 days a week on some schlub network?

FROM: Greg C
DATE: Wednesday February 12, 2003 -- 4:04:48 pm
I don't like Richard Karn at all, I never did. He tries too hard to shed his old Al persona from Home Improvement that he just comes off as an asshole.

Now as far as millionaire is concerned, my friend's brother went on the show at the height of its popularity. He got to the $500 question, which was "What are fedoras traditionally made of?"

Not only did he not know the answer and have to leave in disgust of missing a $500 question, but he forgot the answer, and of course, I don't know it either.

So much for that million bucks.

Supposedly the guy who created millionaire is working on a new show where the prize is $1B. Pepsi is the primary sponsor, but in the article I read on imdb, they said $1B is more than Pepsi's yearly operating budget.

If you're interested, though, here's the story I read:

A Billion-Dollar Game Show?

There are few details, no confirmation, and the whole concept has the ring of a hoax, but numerous publications today are picking up a report that appeared in Daily Variety on Monday claiming that Who Wants to Be a Millionaire creator Michael Davies is developing a game-show special for The WB in which the top prize would be $1 billion. According to the report, the two-hour live event would be produced with Pepsi-Cola. One billion dollars is more than the entire annual operating profit of Pepsi-Cola North America.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Wednesday February 12, 2003 -- 5:30:20 pm
Hey, creepy or not, Richard Karn is still 100 times better than Louie Anderson, who always looked like he was teetering between committing suicide and swallowing a Waffle House WHOLE.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 12, 2003 -- 8:43:29 pm
Paul, do you realize you're throwing Ryan a softball when you do these game show Pings?

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday February 14, 2003 -- 10:34:23 pm
Let me break down my views on the hosts
Richard Dawson- creepy pervert. Always trying to cop a feel off of all the broads. I like when he makes out with women while their husbands look on.
Ray Combs- The one I grew up with. Definately my favorite.
Louie Anderson- Only saw him host for about a year. That was a year too long. Had horrible reading and question delivering abilities.
Richard Karn- Much better than Louie. Does a decent job, and he can read also!

FROM: sean [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday February 16, 2003 -- 5:21:19 am
loiue anderson was like a whiny, gap-toothed jabba the hutt with a persian cat daintily balanced atop his thick head. The sad thing is... I actually enjoyed his 'life with louie' cartoon that was on a few years ago. Pretty funny.

FROM: Colin
DATE: Tuesday February 18, 2003 -- 4:31:44 pm
Ah, what can I say?
Karn's Feud is a definate improvement over Mr. Anderson's Feud, but just think if it was like this.


-The Set is Totally Green

-Fast Money Jackpot is still $5000

-The Face/Off Buzzers make the "Face the Devil" wind-up sound effect

-Whenever someone performs the secret slime action or gets a strike their whole family gets slimed

-There are questions such as "Name another word for Bill Clinton's wang"

Just be thankful for what we do have. And remember, there's always classic Feud on Game Show Network.


FROM: Richard Dawson
DATE: Tuesday February 18, 2003 -- 5:29:59 pm
Of course, none of thish fancy schmancy shtuff would ever happen in my day.

FROM: John O\'Brien
DATE: Friday November 14, 2003 -- 10:33:22 pm
I Think Richard Dawson Sucks !
All The Girls On The Show, Want To Vomit When He Kisses Them !!!

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday November 15, 2003 -- 8:12:28 am
Umm...would you rather he kissed the men?

I will say that there was a difference in the way he kissed hot women and the grandma's and fat women...but seriously, Richard didn't discriminate. He should have, in some cases, but hey, that's our Richard Dawson: Game Show Stud of the 70's.

FROM: terry
DATE: Saturday February 19, 2005 -- 7:47:25 am
Richard Karn is perfectly fine.
He is 1000 times better than poor old Louie Anderson....two tons of NOT having fun!
Seriously, Anderson absolutely HATED doing that show....could he have made it any more obvious?
You could tell by the look on his face which screamed "I'm going to kill my agent for getting me this crappy gig!".
And that voice...Jesus, he sounded like as if Cartman from South Park was hosting the Feud!!

DATE: Tuesday May 3, 2005 -- 5:58:41 pm

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 3, 2005 -- 10:17:17 pm


DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 11:52:51 am

FROM: Dallas
DATE: Friday May 26, 2006 -- 2:35:11 am
Richard Karn is one of the best things to happen to television in a very long time. Be it Home Improvements or Family Feud.

I am simply overwhelmed that he is leaving Family Feud, and that pompous ass John O'Hurley is taking his place. I can't even believe it!!!!!!!!!

Louie Anderson was better than John will be. John's got an ego problem. Louie's just sweet. And Richard Karn? THE best. Richard Dawson had to kiss everyone 300 times. Ray Combes was so messed up he killed himself. What a loss! One really funny guy! Louie is just sweet. Richard Karn? Funny, energetic, and involved. He's entertaining and is doing really well. John O'Hurley is full of himself, and wants to be the next Bob Eubanks.

Someone tell me how I can reach Richard!!!!!!!!!


FROM: Olivia
DATE: Monday August 21, 2006 -- 2:30:26 pm
I love Richard Karn and would like to know why he is leaving the show.
Will he be in anything else soon? Richard Dawson was fine the the
time that he was on the show, lots of people in that time period were trying
to be more open than in times past and maybe that was just he way. The
two Richards were my favorites. I don't think I can watch with the new

sara September 13, 2006, 1:55 am

i loved richard karn, and i’m REALLY mad he’s leaving the show!!!!!!!! i’m not watching family feud anymore! i don’t like the new host, or the new backgrond and stage! and whoever that olivia girl is, i agree with her completely! uggggggggggggggh i’m so mad, and i wish that it would go back to how it was with richard karn. i’m so tired of everything changing and i wish it would go back to the way it was! please tell everybody why richard karn is leaving the show. sorry for the rudeness! -sara-
ps. tell me how i can reach richard karn! please.

Ryan September 13, 2006, 2:03 pm

If you say “Richard Karn” another four times, he’ll magically appear by your side!

carolyn September 20, 2006, 12:53 am

I totally agree with olivia and sara they said it all i had no issue with any of the hosts not even anderson but this new guy where’s the bucket?

first saw him on a soap good there, good on seinfeld, good on dancing with the stars, he is handsome, but not good on feud he is trying too hard to be funny and funny he is not on feud. who came up with the audience in the round blocked by scenery and not show the scoreboard? dumbdeedumbdumb!

well i won’t being worrying about it because it is now one less audience.

James November 22, 2006, 5:39 am

I Thinks that there IS an issue with the host.

I like Richard Karn, but when they replaced him with John O’Hurley, that’s when I wanted to send angry letters to NBC for ruining the daytime show.

Richard Karn is the bomb, he flavers out the segment ending, he expresses the doubling and tripling points with energy like “I’ll TRIPLE THE POINTS!” and the audience rowrs. Nice look too, and he’d make a great next host of The Price Is Right when Bob retires next summer (though I also may like it when Todd Newton becomes the next host”.

But what did NBC do to the Family Feud back last September? They ruined the setting, they took out Richard Karn (The modern Richard Dawson) and replaced it with John O’Hurley, and they took out the fun.

John O’Hurley sucks so much, he’s like, “heeereWeeeGoooo, TooopFooooourAnnswersOnnnTheeeBoooard” well, speaks like an ametur, or something, he’s just not a great host at all!

And I got one thing to say about the new Family Feud: The Setup is out of wack, all the fun is out, and the new host not only sucks, he’s disgusting.

And One last thing to say. I think that NBC has some choices they need to make in order to save the Family Feud’s Future: Either change the setup now, put Richard Karn back on the show, or just cancel the show. Because now, I just want to kill the time and put in a Star Trek episode DVD. Maybe I will tape the Family Feud Show off of Game Show Network and play that tape. Oh, how could they take such a great host and a great setting and trash it up? I hope the ratings do show the big mistake that he makes.

Now, I am urging everyone to email Richard Karn demanding him to return to the feud, and even tell them the slumping ratings. You know, we need him if the show were to continue.

Tom March 18, 2007, 12:36 pm

Nobody, but nobody can produce a good new game show anymore. When they attempt to “revive” a classic game show these days it, too, is a disgrace. Another unfortunate aspect is that great game show hosts are an endangered species. What’s out there today?: Richard Karn, John O’Hurley, Billy Bush, Todd Newton, etc., It’s PATHETIC!! My God, when I think back to REAL talent the names that come to mind are: Bill Cullen, Jack Barry, Gary Moore, Monty Hall, Wink Martindale, Tom Kennedy, Jack Narz, Bob Barker, Jim Perry, Bob Eubanks, Jim Lange, Geoff Edwards, Bud Collier, Dick Clark, Jack Clark, Gene Rayburn, Allen Ludden, Richard Dawson, Bert Convy, John Daly and many more………. Some are still with us, as others have passed on leaving a cherished legacy.

There are only four, yes four great game shows hosts left that are still hosting game shows: Bob Barker, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Chuck Wollery.

It’s really sad that Bob Barker is retiring from The Price is Right. To make things even worse CBS is encouraging twirpy (Saved by the Bell) Mario Lopez to be Bob’s successor on the show. Hey CBS!!! Do you really want to kill off The Price is Right?!?!!! I know It’s reallllllllly hard to find a respectable replacement for Bob, but Mario Lopez? What the hell are they thinking??????!!!! No matter who they get the Price is Right will never, ever be the same without Bob. The end of an era.

Lilian August 12, 2007, 10:40 pm

I grew up during the *Ray Combs* era of Family Feud. As far as I could tell [back then], that was “vintage” Feud for me. I wasn’t aware of *Richard Dawson’s* existence until Wikipedia was invented, to be perfectly frank.

As for *John O’Hurley* , I genuinely love the guy. Yeah, that’s right, I said it. Perhaps everyone else’s perspective of him is “tainted” from being familiar with O’Hurley’s previous work. Can’t say I have that problem. Prior to Feud I only knew him vaguely — not from Seinfeld (which I never watched) or from soap operas (which I HATE) — but as some dude from Dancing with the Stars (which I also don’t watch).

I’m also sure it’s a generational thing, as some people grew up with the original Feud whereas I obviously didn’t. Any host following Dawson’s run is going to be compared to the original. By sheer “accident of birth”, so to speak, I’m not burdened with that particular “bias”.

Ryan August 13, 2007, 1:46 pm

“I wasn’t aware of Richard Dawson’s existence until Wikipedia was invented”



Lilian August 13, 2007, 10:13 pm

Yes, Ryan — sad but true! *hides*

anita September 11, 2007, 7:19 pm

wellll i ‘m still looking for Richard Karn to host a game show like “price is right”. i don’t think john o’hurly can pronounce the words like richard Karn he is full of spunk and funny w/ his jokes. sometimes i don’t understand john s words when speaking, most of the time slow not like richard karn fast and full of fun/. WHERE IS RICHARD KARN????


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