I admit it. Fred was fun to watch on TV. Even as host of a terrible TV game show called Family Fued, Fred was still fun to watch. One reason, Fred liked to go over and kiss the lady contestants — black or white it didn’t matter. And even after studio execs complained, he refused to stop. He insisted that it was a key part of the success of the show. He said this
“It’s very important to me that on ‘Family Feud’ I could kiss all people,” he said in a 2010 interview for the Archive of American Television.
Everyone? Yes, everyone. He goes on
“It sounds crazy, but when I first came here Petula Clark was on a show with Nat King Cole, and he kissed her on the cheek, and 81 stations in the South canceled him. I kissed black women daily and nightly on “Family Feud” for 11 years, and the world didn’t come to an end, did it?”
I think he was right. Well, Fred passed away and NYT has his obit. God bless you Fred! You were fun.