It Should Be a Federal Crime For a Game Show Host to Not Reveal The Correct Answer of a Question They Brought into the Universe
Growing up, I religiously watched GSN; that's Game Show Network for those reading this with no sense of television abbreviations. S/o one of my favorite as a kid, Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck.
I love all things trivia and game shows; even skits making fun of game shows. I used to go to bar trivia before I was 21 just to play, not drink (I was a loser and never had a fake ID).
Now in modern times, I play The Dozen daily trivia every morning during my wake-up poop and have gone 11 for 12 multiple times. My brain is simply chock full o'trivial knowledge. I don't know the social studies standards I'm supposed to teach to or how to have a light conversation with someone I haven't seen in months in a social setting, but I can tell you that John Rockefeller was supposed to be on the train that crashed in the Angola Horror and that Ozzie Smith was a career .262 hitter.
To this day, one of my biggest dreams in life is to be a game show host, it's just taken a backseat to "reality" and the #HireDozo campaign. It's honestly the perfect job IMO. You're hosting a game (not exactly breaking brick), having fun, dressing nice, garnering some celebrity status, watching people (sometimes) win life changing money. Sounds like a blast to me. At least for now I can say I have been a game show contestant before.
I don't watch much live broadcast TV outside of live sports, but there's two shows that are appointment viewing for me every week; Name That Tune every Wednesday at 9pm and The Chase every Thursday at 9pm. If you follow me on twitter: @dozonlife you know how much I want/need to be on Name That Tune.
While I enjoy NTT more, both are solid shows and something I legitimately look forward to every week, but this blog isall about The Chase and host Sara Haines. If you haven't seen it before, like most American things, it started in England. The GSN version featured Mark Labbett, aka "The Beast", whom has some serious Dozah vibes.
The new American version is a little bit different, but essentially the same game as the GSN run. Now instead of one chaser, there's three in a rotation of the Big Three from Jeopardy; Ken "The Professor" Jennings, James "The Highroller" Holzhauer and Brad "The Buzzsaw" Ruetter.
FTR, I'm a Professor guy. Brad's wannabe cool personality and awful attempts at comedy where he admits he was lying and trying to make a joke make me cringe like I'm a watching a sex scene with my parents.
So on The Chase, a team of three people try to beat "the Chaser" in trivia, but not until they individually play a "Cash Builder" round and take on "the Chaser" for a spot in the "Final Chase". If you don't "bank" your winnings from the Cash Builder round by letting the Chaser catch up to you by getting questions wrong that he gets right, you are eliminated and money does not go towards your teams bank.
During the "Cash Builder" round, host Sara Haines reads questions for one minute while the contestant answers and gets $25,000 towards their team's bank for every correct answer they give. Say you answer four correctly; you've earned $100,000 that will go towards your bank if you beat the Chaser. What's really cool here is you can bet on yourself. You can either take less money, but be one spot closer to banking it, or become one step closer to the chaser for significantly more cash.
(Example from last night's episode)
What really grinds my gears as a Game Show guy, scratch that, as a Game Show aficionado is how host, Sara Haines, goes about reading questions during the "Cash Builder" round. For one, she is no Steve Harvey in fast money, trying to be as quick as possible for the contestant, but my main problem is how she just doesn't reveal the answer to the final question if time expires. I don't know if The Chase is doing this to recycle questions for a later date or something? But I've noticed this a couple times before; she'll read a question, time will expire and she just doesn't tell the people playing and more importantly those watching at home what the correct answer is. It happened TWICE last night.
Like I said, hosting a Game Show is a pretty sweet gig. As long as you're attractive and know how to speak you'll do great (which is why I'm FUCKED), but even the easiest of jobs have things that are requirements. If you ask a question and nobody answers or gets it correct, you HAVE TO say what the answer is, even if it's because time expired. That's Game Show 101.
I know I already used this format in the tweet, but seriously...imagine how different Jeopardy would've been if the late, great Alex Trebek didn't smugly tell nerds who know nothing about sports what "the option" is?
Imagine you're watching Wheel of Fortune because you have nothing going on before Jeopardy starts and nobody solved a puzzle; instead of Pat Sajak saying what it is, he just moved on to the next question while you sit their wondering for the rest of your life what the fuck the answer was? You'd never watch again!
Why is Sara Haines doing this to the people at home? The Chase hasn't been picking up for a second season yet and if that's something the people behind this show would like to see happen they gotta tell her to hook up the people playing at home. I almost understand if you've only said half the question why you wouldn't give the answer, but that 144 tile game question was just out there in the universe for like seven seconds and she couldn't have just said "the correct answer is ____________" (I thiiink it's Hanafuda after looking it up myself).
What she's doing is not right and honestly sort of fucked up. It's like Game Show blue balls. It should be a crime for someone with such an awesome gig to not fully appreciate it or know the basics of Game Show etiquette. I'm not saying you need to become a legend like Bob Barker or Alex Trebek, but have some sense of the responsibility you have a Game Show host. There's millions of people watching on pins and needles wondering what the answer is to a question and you're just gonna move on and act like nothing happened like you send an embarrassing text? It's unacceptable. Imagine if Drew Carey didn't give the actual retail price of the Showcase Showdown?! I like Sara and I want her to have chance to redeem herself, but if it happens again...