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In the late 1970s, Chuck Barris was a patron of the arts to starving artists like Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman.
Reubens expressed his affection for the producer, who died on Tuesday at 87, as he recalled his 14 appearances on Barris’ late 1970s hit “The Gong Show.” Before that, he appeared three times as a contestant — in his nerdy Herman persona — on Barris’ “The Dating Game.” Reubens received AFTRA scale payments, 0 in prize money if he won on “Gong Show,” and even residuals for reruns.
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.
New products included "The Newlywed Game," ''The Parent Game," ''The Family Game" and even "The Game Game."At one point Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.
The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of "The Gong Show," which aired from 1976 to 1980.
*/ var click Promo Link = function(should Show Popover) ; /* ELIGIBLE PROMOTION CHECKS check For Promos And Render This is a series of 2 nested ajax calls.“You couldn’t talk to the judges and you had to be escorted if you had to go to the bathroom,” Reubens recalled.But over time he became acquainted with Barris, and the two saw each other occasionally after Reubens’ career took off in the 1980s. 4th player gets to ask 3 questions, and each of the others answers it.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.