Chuck Barris, host of the television's "Gong Show," and Robin Altman leave the Pierre Hotel in New York, Nov. 28, 1980.
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Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," "The Newlywed Game" and "The Gong Show," has passed away.At one point Barris was supplying television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.The grinning Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of "The Gong Show," from 1976 to 1980 . When the talentless appeared on the show, Barris would strike an oversize gong, the show's equivalent of vaudeville's hook. 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.Back in the news in 2002, Barris said his shows were a forerunner to today's popular reality TV series.
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