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Richard Dawson Gone

I luzz me some Fam­ily Feud. Which is why Richard Dawson’s pass­ing makes me sad.

Richard was the orig­i­nal Fam­ily Feud host. He was his own self. He had his own style. And he set the tone for the show that no host since has matched.

Richard was the host from 1976–1985 and once again in 1994. His style always included kiss­ing the female con­tes­tants. A pro­ducer of the “Feud” guessed that Daw­son had kissed upwards of 20,000 women.

Here is one of the fun­ni­est moments from his career:

After Richard left, he was replaced with Ray Combs. Oddly enough, it was Combs that Richard replaced for that 1994 sea­son. Sadly, Combs com­mit­ted sui­cide in 1996.

After 1994, the game show was can­celled. It was revived again in 1999 with Louie Ander­son as host. He was replaced by Richard Karn (you know him as “Al” from “Home Improve­ment”), who was replaced by John O’Hurley, who was replaced by Steve Harvey.

Don’t ever look past great­ness. Richard Daw­son was great at what he did.

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