Here's one from the final episode with Ray Combs as host. From what I've read, he'd been told that for the next season of the "Family Feud" he'd be replaced by his predecessor, Richard Dawson. Combs was a great host. It's just that the ratings dipped and the son of game show producer Mark Goodson felt a change back to Richard Dawson was necessary. Mark Goodson had died in 1992.
Dawson had originally been on the television program "Hogan's Heroes" but also was one of the more popular panelists on the "Match Game" game show in the mid to late '70s. After Dawson became host of "Family Feud" the first time, he made it a point to kiss the female contestants. Here's a parody of that from Family Guy's Peter Griffin:
Dawson claimed the reason he made it a point to kiss the female contestants was because his mother always kissed him to wish him luck as a youth. Dawson eventually married a former contestant on "Family Feud" by the name of Gretchen Johnson. Here's a clip from one of her appearances on "Family Feud."
By 1985, the ratings of "Family Feud" with Dawson had dipped so both the daytime and the nighttime shows were cancelled. Dawson later took on a film role as a game show host in the movie "The Running Man," along with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1988, the show "Family Feud" was revived with Ray Combs as host. The clip I posted above was from the final episode taped with Combs as host. Purportedly, Combs was aware he wasn't being brought back as host and that he was being replaced by his predecessor, Dawson, hence the comment "that's a damn fine way to go out" and Combs storming off stage as the credits rolled. Combs later had some personal problems, including a serious car accident and financial problems that led to his suicide. Dawson didn't last very long as host as it became apparent very early on that Dawson had put on some weight and had lost some of his quick wit that had made "Family Feud" so popular for so many years and soon again Dawson was gone. After a hiatus, comedian / actor Louis Anderson took on the role as host from 1999-2002. In 2002, actor Richard Karn ("Home Improvement" TV program with Tim Allen) replaced Anderson as host. In 2006, John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld," "Dancing With Stars") replaced Karn. In 2010, Steve Harvey replaced O'Hurley.
Here's an article about a purported curse of the "Family Feud" hosts:http://voices.yahoo.com/is-there-family ... tml?cat=39
Here's a funny clip from Steve Harvey's tenure as host:
Last edited by Daryl on Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.