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'Let's Make a Deal' host Monty Hall passes away at 96

02 October 2017, 12:53 | Clyde Nash

Monty Hall co-creator and host of the game show"Let's Make a Deal" died on Sept. 30 2017 at 96

Monty Hall co-creator and host of the game show

His daughter, Joanna Gleason confirmed that Hall passed away on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills. She said the cause was heart failure. He also co-hosted a weekend news show for the NBC Radio Network. In recent years, "Let's Make a Deal" has undergone a revival featuring Wayne Brady as host.

The game show grew to such popularity it gave rise to a well-known probability riddle that mathematicians dubbed "The Monty Hall Problem".

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In the early 1960s, he was developing game shows and joined forces with TV veteran Stefan Hatos. Hall recalled the time a live elephant was employed for one of the booby prizes. But you know the law in game shows - if you go on a show and you win a donkey, that's your prize. When a People magazine interviewer suggested in 1996 that "Let's Make a Deal" would be his epitaph, Hall replied, with a wince: "You put that on my tombstone, and I'll kill you". Contestants - wearing insane costumes to attract Hall's attention and get plucked from the crowd - got to choose mystery prizes behind three bedazzled doors. In 1988, Hall, who was born in Canada, was named to the Order of Canada by that country's government in recognition of the millions he had raised for numerous charities.

Hall recalled in a 2013 interview that when the show began, audience members arrived buttoned down in formal suits and dresses. But it was Hall who was lastingly identified as "TV's big dealer", as the show put it, something he found at least mildly disconcerting. When the show first started, it featured men and women dressed in formal attire, but by the second and 3rd episode, people started wearing zany suits and costumes that became a staple of Let's Make a Deal.



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