Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

“The King of Daytime Television” or “CIA Assassin”: Who Was the Real Chuck Barris?

The Dating GameThe Newlywed GameThe Gong Show. Chuck Barris created some of TV’s most enduring and beloved game shows, at one point supplying network TV with 27 hours worth of game-show programming a week. 

Did he also work as a contract killer for the CIA, assassinating government targets during the 1960s and 1970s?

According to his 1984 book “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” and the 2002 movie directed by George Clooney, that’s exactly what Chuck Barris did. In the film, he’s portrayed as murdering 33 people while also holding down a full-time job producing game shows. 

But was it true? Or was it a desperate bid for attention from a man sad to see his identity change from “The King of Daytime Television” to “The Baron of Bad Taste”?

Join us as we dig into the controversy surrounding Chuck Barris, one of TV’s most prolific and also wackiest figures.

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