"I think anything would have been possible without my shows," Mr. A Philadelphia native, Barris grew up in Bala Cynwyd and graduated from Lower Merion High School and Drexel University. Barris is certainly responsible for an outrageous form of television that led the TV man to dub himself “The King of Daytime Television.” Critics, however, were less kind, referring to Barris in his heyday as “The King of Schlock” and “The Baron of Bad Taste.” So, with that legacy in mind, we have rounded up some of the weirdest, most outrageous TV moments made possible by Barris.“We will always remember Chuck for his charm, quick wit, and for making us laugh and smile,” the Lower Merion Alumni Association said in a statement.“He will be greatly missed by the Lower Merion community." “We are proud of Chuck's accomplishments and legacy as a creative, entrepreneurial Drexel alumnus,” Cindy Leesman, associate vice president of alumni relations at Drexel, said of Mr. “Chuck was just as colorful and engaging as a Drexel student in the 1950s as he went on to be in his life and career.” as a standards-and-practices man for ABC. Barris’ job there was to determine if host Dick Clark engaged in payola, the practice of illegally accepting money from record companies in exchange for broadcasting their recordings. Barris investigated Clark for a year and wrote daily memos about the show, a House subcommittee cleared Clark of any illegal activity.
Barris’ words, a “failure.” He later left the network to become an independent producer, launching Chuck Barris Productions in 1965. Barris released hits including , which hit the airwaves in 1966.Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N. In the book (subtitled “An Unauthorized Autobiography”), he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied. His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was made into a film directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris."It sounds like he has been standing too close to the gong all those years," CIA spokesman Tom Crispell said."Chuck Barris has never been employed by the CIA, and the allegation that he was a hired assassin is absurd." Mr. But if I wasn't there, somebody else would have been." Mr.