Barris died of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York, his longtime publicist told The Associated Press.Dubbed the "King of Schlock," Barris' long career in show business began behind the scenes, first on programs like American Bandstand and then as a songwriter thanks to Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park." The song peaked at Number Three in 1962 and was covered by artists like the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen.
might as well have been shot by Cupid himself: former co-stars Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) made their debut as a real-life couple at the Olivier Awards on Sunday.
You may recognize the couple from that steamy cave scene or the ever quotable line: "You know nothing, Jon Snow." Fans will recall that Ygritte tragically died in Jon Snow's arms after being shot by Olly at the end of season four.
After moving to Los Angeles in the Sixties and a stint with ABC, Barris formed his own production company – Chuck Barris Productions – that served as the brainchild for The Dating Game, where a "bachelorette" would question three unseen suitors before choosing which one gets to take her out on a date.
Barris, who served as producer, would soon follow that with The Newlywed Game, where newly married couples were probed about how well they knew each other and "makin' whoopee."But Barris' main achievement was as host and creator of The Gong Show, an unpredictable, anti-talent show that tested the limits of good taste with absurd humor and often controversial acts as well as mainstay "talent" like the Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.
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The controversy surrounding the show – multiple couples would engage in cringe-worthy real fights over the sexually suggestive questions – forced it off the air within five months of its debut; three more of Barris' shows, including The Gong Show, would soon be canceled in 1980, with Barris later blaming Three's a Crowd for the viewer revolt against his programming. "If I died, I wouldn't be surprised if an obituary says, 'Gonged.