ABC's , produced by Barris and hosted by the cheeky Bob Eubanks, premiered in July 1966.
"I came back and said, ' Let's change the show, have all bad acts and one or two good ones, and people can make a judgment,' " he said in a 2010 interview with The Archive of American Television.Morgan, Rex Reed, Rip Taylor, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson and David Letterman) could send the bad performers packing by striking a large gong."Everybody could relate to somebody wearing a lampshade and dancing around," Barris said.Barris' task was to ascertain whether Clark was involved in the illegal practice of payola. If I left at 6 o'clock, what's to say he couldn't be doing anything nefarious for about a year, and his notes were presented before a House of Representatives subcommittee in Washington. His innate sense of Hollywood tribal behavior worked: Now people were getting back to him.His first show was , a failed pilot in which two celebrity panelists attempt to guess the professions of 16 guests just by their appearance. "I had brought prostitutes and policewoman on the show, and the policewomen wouldn't work with the prostitutes." Shortly after attending a civil rights rally in Selma, Ala., Barris left ABC to become an independent producer.
As a pioneer of first-run syndication, he sold to stations after ABC canceled his shows, keeping them on the air.