When the "Dating Game" moved from daytime to prime-time, the date was upgraded from a romantic restaurant dinner to weekends abroad, with a chaperone.When Barris wrote "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," his first memoir, he claimed that his work escorting couples on junkets to Europe served as a cover for his work as a paid assassin for the CIA, and that he carried out countless hits for the agency during the Cold War era.
Extra credit: Barris also directed and starred in the 1980 film The Gong Show Movie…
He wrote a second autobiography in 1993: The Game Show King: A Confession…
Barris also dreamed up two earlier hits, The Dating Game (1965-73) and The Newlywed Game (1966-74), which now are considered the forerunners of 21st-century "reality" romance shows like The Bachelor.
Barris wrote a 1984 book titled Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in which he claimed that while hosting The Gong Show he had been an undercover agent for the CIA.
Chuck Barris co-created and hosted the 1976-80 game show hit The Gong Show.
The program was a goofy contest of bad talent, with hapless contestants being "gonged" off the stage by a celebrity panel of judges.
By his account, it was then on the strength of forged letters of recommendation that he was accepted into a network management training program.
When cutbacks led to his being laid off from NBC, Barris moved to ABC.
Among contestants on The Gong Show was Paul Reubens, later known as TV star Pee-wee Herman.