The Gong Show is back!

I enjoyed my “fly on the wall” view recently at studios in midtown Manhattan as  81-year-old Chuck Barris explained how you can draw a straight line from the original Gong Show to American Idol (auditions), America’s Got Talent (rejects); current reality TV and talent shows in which people choose to humiliate themselves (Flavor of Love, Rock of Love Bus, Jersey Shore), and reviews some of The Gong’s Show’s memorable video clips. He also talks about his personal new memoir, Della, written about his daughter.


The GONG SHOW LIVE premieres Aug. 12 in NYC and takes it on the road to Las Vegas to set down some roots.

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