Guests who were deemed unfit for television were "gonged" off the show by Barris.
The Philly native found producing fame in the 1960s with "The Dating Game," the hit show that paired eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.
Kooky 'Gong Show' host Chuck Barris had mysterious CIA connection Viewers got to know Barris’ face, and his curly hair, as the emcee in the goofy “The Gong Show.” Barris would reward talentless contestants by banging his infamous gong during the bizarre amateur hour, which he hosted for four years until 1980.
The questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers. "They wanted a boy and a girl," he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest.
"They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that were going on in the Twin Cities — very sexist — and play music once a week." He hosted that show for two years before attending the University of Minnesota and doing a three-year stint in the Marines, according to the Bay Area Radio Museum.
Barris died of natural causes at his home in Palisades, New York, his longtime publicist told The Associated Press.