Barris died of natural causes at age 87 in Palisades, New York, said, citing his publicist.
Decades before television talent shows such as "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent" came along, Barris was putting everyday people before the cameras in what was more of a reverse talent show with everyday people who did not mind exposing their vulnerabilities or answering embarrassing questions.
His shows, particularly pushed the envelope of absurdity.
(Reuters) - Chuck Barris, who tapped into Americans’ hunger to be on television by creating game shows such as “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and his showcase for the acutely untalented, “The Gong Show,” died on Tuesday, media outlets reported.
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His masterwork was "The Gong Show," which seemed to be the result of let’s-put-on-a-show day at the asylum in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The media mocked him as “the king of schlock” and accused him of exploiting his contestants. " Barris also wrote "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," called it an autobiography and claimed to have carried out CIA assassination jobs while hosting "The Gong Show." Barris never admitted it was a joke but in 2007 told CBS: "Somebody checked (with) the head of the CIA and the head of the CIA said that I must have been standing too close to the gong." The book was made into a movie directed by George Clooney.
"Let me ask you something - which does the most harm, a 'Gong Show' or the killings, pistol whippings and flying blood you see on evening 'drama? Barris, who grew up in Philadelphia, started in entertainment as a page at NBC headquarters in New York in the 1950s and eventually used forged recommendations to get into the network’s management training program.