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The Internet is basically The Gong Show without the Gong

He also produced The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. While his shows were accused of lowering the bar, he countered that “Today these shows are accepted. These shows aren’t seen as lowering any bars.”

In his autobiography, he claimed to have been moonlighting as an assassin for the CIA (the agency rejected the claim, though Barris never fully admitted it was a falsehood).

Chuck Barris became famous by basically inventing reality TV, and later became infamous by spreading, and standing by, easily refutable lies. In another life, he could have been president.

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