He was known as TV’s Big Dealer. Longtime host of “Let’s Make a Deal” Monte Hall joined Stan and Haney in 1999 to talk about yet another incarnation of the legendary game show. This time without him as host.
In their interview he discusses the history of the show, some memorable contestants and what happened when people got a zonk prize. He also remembers his first TV work, the Monty Hall mathematical problem and the game show scandals of the 1950’s
Monte Hall passed away in 2017 at the age of 96 and is remembered as one of the greatest game show hosts of all time.
According to Wikipedia: “The format of Let’s Make a Deal involves selected members of the studio audience, referred to as “traders”, making deals with the host. In most cases, a trader will be offered something of value and given a choice of whether to keep it or exchange it for a different item. The program’s defining game mechanism is that the other item is hidden from the trader until that choice is made. The trader thus does not know if they are getting something of equal or greater value or a prize that is referred to as a “zonk,” an item purposely chosen to be of little or no value to the trader.”