John O’Hurley Leaves “Family Feud”; Steve Harvey New Host in Fall
Sad news to start the day off with. John O’Hurley has announced this is his final season on the popualr syndicated game show Family Feud. Amazingly he follows the line of the previous hosts of this version (Louie Anderson and Richard Karn) of hosting the show for four years before leaving the game. Unlike the others O’Hurley is leaving on his own will.
In a statement, John said, “The time has come to try something new, and while I have prized my time on Family Feud, I’ve decided to set a course for new adventures,” said O’Hurley in a statement. “This includes immediately heading into rehearsals for the U.S. touring show of Chicago, launching my new company Energy-Inc. which focuses on renewable energy solutions, debuting an original golf apparel line in the J. Peterman catalog, and visiting our troops overseas.”
The new host will be comedian Steve Harvey, who actually may be a fantastic fit. Steve had a hit sitcom which ran from 1996 to 2002 and currently hosts his own radio show. He also hosted a short-lived variety show. Steve will begin hosting in Fall 2010 when Family Feud begins its record setting 12th season. It becomes the longest surviving series of the show in the history of the franchise.
“With his talent, authenticity and innate ability to connect with audiences from all walks of life, Steve exemplifies the spirit and appeal of Family Feud,” said Fremantle President Cecile Frot-Coutaz in a statement. Fremantle produces the long-running Family Feud, while Debmar-Mercury distributes the show. This is all according to Broadcasting and Cable.
On a personal note, it’s very sad to see John go. I’ve visited Feud several times and met John often. He’s one of the nicest people in the business and a true pro. He’s without a shadow of a doubt the best host that show has had since Richard Dawson and they are losing a major reason why the show is so enjoyable. He’s been a great friend to the site over the past few years and an integral part of why the show still exists to this day. He will deeply be missed. However, I think Steve may be a fantastic fit. He has the personality to do it, the comedy skills, and the name recognition. Good luck in the Fall. We’ll definitely be on the set for this one.