The Richard Bey Show (TV show)
|The Richard Bey Show|
|Format||Tabloid talk show|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||1987 – 1996|
The Richard Bey Show is a syndicated American talk show presented by Richard Bey which aired from 1987 to late 1996. The program, produced from WWOR-TV in Secaucus, New Jersey and syndicated by All American Television (known today as FremantleMedia), was executive produced by Bob Woodruff and David Sittenfeld.
The series frequently and deliberately played up the humorous aspects of the tabloid talk show format, bordering on a full-out variety show with its unusual features. It featured such competitive events as the "Miss Big Butt" contest, the "Mr. Puniverse" contest, "Dysfunctional Family Feud" and "Blacks who think O.J. is guilty vs. Whites who think he is innocent." Young women who were guests on the show were sometimes placed in a spoof of The Dating Game in which the guest interviewed three hidden "bachelors", all of whom were an obvious mismatch for the "bachelorette" (e.g., a drag queen or a dwarf). Bey's show made frequent use of sound effects like "uh-duh" for an insane response, "I've been framed" for a guest proclaiming innocence and "You're busted!" for one accused of wrongdoing. Bey would often exclaim "Where do they find these people?!" in the presence of unbelievable guests or audience members. During some shows, there would be a secret word, and if an audience member used it in a comment, he would receive $100 (an homage to a prior talk and game show, You Bet Your Life). A joking suggestion was then made on how to spend it: "Lobster dinner tonight!"
The show was a precursor to reality television, featuring a variety of games incorporating guests' stories, most notoriously "The Wheel of Torture", in which a guest would be strapped to a spinning wheel while a spouse or lover poured slime on them as punishment for a misdeed.
Richard would frequently make fun of Jerry Springer on his show, as when he lost his contact lenses and was forced to wear eyeglasses, remarking, "Don't worry, you're not watching Jerry Springer" and showing Jerry in his "Bad Neighbors" segment, a reference to Springer's show being the lead-in or lead-out to Bey on many stations in the early-to-mid-1990s. He would also make light of Ricki Lake, Rosie O'Donnell, Phil Donahue, and Oprah Winfrey's shows.
Bey claimed his TV show was canceled in December 1996 not due to ratings, but as a direct result of doing a program with Gennifer Flowers, discussing her sexual relationship with then-President Bill Clinton.
- "Those Who Like To 'Bey'-watch Won't Be Able To Much Longer". The New York Daily Times. November 6, 1996.
- "Bey Hopes For Another Shot And Plans To Change Show". The New York Daily Times. November 7, 1996.
- "Juicy bits". Salon.com. September 20, 1999. "his syndicated TV talk show got yanked off the air back in 1996. Bey recently told the New York Post that, even though his show had high ratings and he himself had a brand-new contract, "the day after [the Flowers episode] airs, I'm called into the office and told that we're going out of production.""
- "Archives - New York Post Online Edition". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1999-09-17. Retrieved 2013-09-08.