Rumor Control: Carnie Wilson Leaving GSN’s “Newlywed Game”
One of GSN’s most popular originals may be searching for a new host. According to Joe Adalian from New York Magazine’s Vulture GSN is likely to bring back The Newlywed Game for a fourth season. It will tie Catch 21 to be the second longest running show in the network’s history, behind Lingo. However, host Carnie Wilson is said not to return. It’s late so obviously we can’t confirm anything today but we will try to later. Joe hasn’t been wrong with this stuff before and he has two sources confirming this so it’s looking likely.
Carnie Wilson became the host in 2009, taking the place of original host Bob Eubanks which elicited quite a vocal reaction. Her reaction among hardcore fans was mixed (as expected), but for casual viewers she did very well. I thought she fit the game nicely. I saw her on set in the first season for a few days and she’s incredibly nice and talented in interacting with the couples. Editing is an issue these days, obviously, though. Only 21 minutes of show so not a ton of time to show her full personality.
Her full personality was shown on her ill fated reality show Carnie Wilson: Unstapled which drew poor ratings and negative critical response. But that didn’t stop her pretty good performance on Newlywed Game. No new season of the show produced by Embassy Row has been announced but given that it’s one of the top rated GSN shows, it would be a jaw dropping situation not to see it come back.
Now comes the speculation about who replaces Carnie if this happens. Again, we can’t 100% confirm it but Joe has two different sources saying this so it’s hard to imagine it being wrong. This isn’t coming from a fanboy place because A: I’m not and B: I’m not really a fan of The Newlywed Game since these types of shows don’t appeal to me that much. But it will be a stunning act of slight ignorance if, if when the show returns, Bob Eubanks does not come back to host this. He’s already guest hosted twice. It’s not like we don’t know how he will do. He’s already proven he can do well. The ratings for each time he appears are larger than when Carnie hosts. It just isn’t a smart business decision, unless his fee is massive, to not select him.