‘Let’s Make a Deal’ host Monty Hall dies

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Iconic game-show host Monty Hall has died at 96.

His agent, Mark Mea­sures, con­firmed to USA TO­DAY that Hall, who co-cre­ated and presided over Let’s Make a Deal from 1963 to 1986, died Satur­day of heart fail­ure.

Hall, who was born in Win­nipeg in 1921 and grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba, worked as an en­ter­tainer and sports­caster in Toronto be­fore head­ing south to New York in 1955 to host the NBC ra­dio show Mon­i­tor. His next gig, the CBS TV game-show Video Vil­lage, led him west to Los An­ge­les, where he would cre­ate Deal with Ste­fan Hatos.

To­gether, they turned bar­ter­ing and kitsch into a TV fran­chise that has seen four hosts and three net­works. Deal, which orig­i­nally aired on NBC un­til 1976, also ran on ABC and in syn­di­ca­tion be­fore re­turn­ing to net­work TV 2009 on CBS with host Wayne Brady.

Con­tes­tants came dressed in goofy cos­tumes in hop­ing of catch­ing Hall’s eye and a chance to trade prizes for bet­ter ones, prompt­ing Hall to ask, “Do you want Door No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3?”

Hall was non­cha­lant about deal­ing with the litany of loony types who pa­raded across his stage.

“I’m a peo­ple per­son,” he said on the PBS doc­u­men­tary se­ries Pi­o­neers of Tele­vi­sion. “And so I don’t care if they jump on me, and I don’t care if they yell and they fainted — those are my peo­ple.”

One of the first in­ductees to the Game Show Hall of Fame, he also re­ceived a life­time-achieve­ment Emmy in 2013.


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