Steve Harvey’s Favorite Answer Of All Time – And 10 Other ‘Family Feud’ Secrets

America’s silliest question and answer game has a special spot in our hearts.

Since 1976, the show has been entertaining us with really dumb answers (even though we probably couldn’t do any better). If you watch Family Feud every day, you may be surprised by these 11 secrets about the show.

1. Boring families need not apply

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As the show’s producer and head of casting Sara Dansby explains on the Family Feud website, you need to show your silly side to make it on TV.

“There’s no such thing as too over-the-top,” she explained. “Pick the most outgoing members of the family when putting together your team. We love loud and energetic contestants.”

2. They cut out a lot of wrong answers

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Each round begins with a face-off question where members of the competing families go head-to-head. What you don’t see on TV is that both players will often get a wrong answer.

If neither player gets their team on the board, both of them go back to their original positions, and they re-start the round with a new question, like nothing ever happened.

3. There’s a practice episode for both teams


Like Wheel of Fortune, the format of Family Feud can be a little complicated. To get players warmed up and familiar with the studio, both teams play a practice game on the set. There’s even a stand-in Steve Harvey who hosts the phony game.

4. Thank a host for raising the grand prize value

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Older viewers will remember the Fast Money round used to award just $10,000. Producers didn’t want to raise the show’s grand prize until host Louie Anderson insisted.

Anderson grew up watching the show, and understood why people tune in at home: to see families win big bucks. “You’re rooting for those people who are playing, you really are,” he said.

5. They don’t tell you the survey is for Family Feud


Have you ever been called by Applied Research-West on the telephone? That’s the firm that takes the polls for Family Feud. They usually call and ask 30-40 questions which appear on the show in a month or less.

The bland name keeps people from giving really outrageous answers just to throw off the show.

6. A host got in trouble for his kissing habit

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As the show’s host in the ’70s, Richard Dawson was known for his bizarre habit of kissing the female contestants. Complaints poured in about Dawson’s behavior, and the host was forced to poll the audience to ask if he should stop.

The show’s producer, Howard Felsher, told The Washington Post, “I don’t remember the exact totals, but it was something like 14,000 who said ‘kiss’ and 300 or 400 who said ‘don’t kiss.’ It was that lopsided.”

Richard Dawson’s Iconic Kissing Ritual Was Because Of His Mom

Richard Dawson is unquestionably the best host Family Feud has ever seen. He may not have been as dramatic as Steve Harvey is now, but Dawson brought a calm sense of humor to the show that no one was able to replicate.

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Perhaps the most memorable thing about Dawson’s hosting gig was his insistence on kissing each and every female contestant on the show. At the time, it was a charming gesture, but that doesn’t mean everyone was cool with it. Many viewers found it inappropriate to kiss a woman without knowing her marital status or getting her permission. It became so controversial that network executives tried to put an end to it, with sponsors starting to get uncomfortable.

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However, the majority of viewers found Dawson’s antics endearing. In the book Hogan’s Heroes: The Unofficial Company, it was revealed that viewers were polled on whether or not they would like Dawson to stop kissing contestants. The votes came in at 14,600 to 704 in favor of kissing. Contestants were also apparently asked to fill out of questionnaire, which included the question “Do you mind if Richard Dawson greets you with a kiss?” Very few people declined.

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Dawson was asked why he began kissing contestants, and his answer was actually very sweet.

Reality Star Says Sofia Vergara Should Be Nicer To People Because She’s An Immigrant

A feud is brewing between Teresa Giudice and Sofia Vergara, when the Real Housewives of New Jersey star claimed the actress acted like a “bitch” during a photo-op.

The drama unfolded at the “Gettin Real With The Housewives” panel discussion in Connecticut when Giudice was asked about her best and worst celebrity encounters, TMZ reports.

She says she couldn’t stand Vergara and recaps their encounter at a media event where they were asked to take a photo together.

Giudice says Vergara stepped in front of her in an effort to steal the spotlight. She also claims Vergara complained about having to pose with the reality star. “This is what she said to her publicist, ‘Why are you making me take a picture with that woman?'” Giudice said

Things then took a xenophobic turn when she spoke of Vergara’s immigrant status.

22 Game Show Answers Contestants Wish They Could Take Back

When you sit at home watching a game show, you often feel like you could totally win the jackpot. The contestants give fairly good answers, but you seem to know a better one.

Of course, when the contestants answer like this, it’s not that hard to top them.

Could You Win $25,000 On Family Feud? Survey Says!

Anyone who watches Family Feud knows how fun it is to play along, especially during Fast Money. When contestants give wrong answers, we’re often quick to judge. But would you actually be able to win $25,000 on the iconic game show?

These are all real questions that have appeared during the final round of Family Feud, and all of the top answers that go along with them.

See if you can get them all!

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Top Answer: stomach

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Top Answer: funeral home

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Top Answer: use the bathroom

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Top Answer: her makeup