Also, since quiz show hosts know, by necessity, the answer to each question (at least in theory; there are some game shows, like , that don't list the answers on the card), they tend to come off as condescending perhaps unintentionally, but nonetheless.
They also tend to be almost exclusively male; women on a game show's staff are more likely to be lovely assistants.
This may have something to do with their need to maintain a jovial atmosphere as previously stated, even when contestants are losing, which might make them seem aloof; or maybe they just come across as slimy and slick, like common depictions of a used car salesman.
For whatever reason, fictional game show hosts are often presented as smarmy, obnoxious, untrustworthy opportunists who seem to revel in the misfortune of contestants (a Dead Unicorn Trope, of course).
To some hardcore game show fanatics, the skills of the host (and his sincerity) can make or break a show's success, and they seem to be right: Some of the more successful game shows are known in part for how the host carried the show along.
There has been a recent (not new) trend, at least for high-profile American programs, to cast has-been D-listers and comedians as Game Show Hosts.
When the latter appeared on the show, Barris would strike an oversize gong, the show's equivalent of vaudeville's hook.Bert Convy sadly passed on in 1991 from brain cancer, but his white afro and great rapport with his celebrity guests made him a 70s and 80s game show host favorite.Convy's early career was remarkably varied, acting in the original Broadway run of Cabaret, and was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies minor league team.“I was never on drugs, but everybody thought I was. And I had no use for drugs at all.”“It was good, [the release of the film 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'], because it sold books and reminded people that I now see myself, first and foremost, as a writer. Promotion, in general, really isn't me anymore.”Chuck Barris is believed to have been born on June 3, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.When they saw 'The Gong Show' and I would come out, they all thought I was whacked out of my mind. Barris often provided conflicting details about his family life and his early years are somewhat shrouded in mystery.