Naming The Sickening Things I Disliked About Bob Eubanks

Laid-back Eubanks.
Laid-back Eubanks.
A retiring Eubanks.
A retiring Eubanks.

Bob Eubanks: The ideal host.

The Newlywed Game debuted on ABC in 1966. The show was created by Roger Muir and produced by Chuck Barris. And what game show has not Barris produced or directed, huh? The first host of this edgy, somewhat controversial game show about newlywed couples who although were warned to not use certain words and phrases, would get angry at their mate's wrong answer and let him or her have it, was none other than Bob Eubanks who would lift the eyebrows (or just his right eyebrow) and wink at the camera like a fine-tuned NASA robot.

Bob Eubanks leans against a tree.
Bob Eubanks leans against a tree.
Eubanks' pasted-on smile was just too much.
Eubanks' pasted-on smile was just too much.

See for yourself.

Don't take my word for it. I plead you to watch a Newlywed Game rerun on YouTube sometime and keep your eyes focused on Eubanks. This should be proof enough that he was not one of my game show favorite hosts. My dislike for Eubanks was not hidden, but right there in the open for everyone to see.

I admit it. Watching the Newlywed Game was not to see Bob Eubanks, but to enjoy the pretty brides and let me tell you that during the short time that I watched this show, I got to enjoy a lot of pretty brides. After all, I was only 12 at the time and my friend "puberty," had moved in to teach me a few things about life.

Learning to be like Eubank was certainly not one of them.

The late Richard Dawson, host of Family Feud, who was afflicted with "Kissing Addiction."
The late Richard Dawson, host of Family Feud, who was afflicted with "Kissing Addiction."
The classic Bob Eubanks look.
The classic Bob Eubanks look.
Eubanks in early days.
Eubanks in early days.
Eubanks and I believe this  to be, his pretty wife.
Eubanks and I believe this to be, his pretty wife.

If I had a favorite game show host, I would choose

Jim Lange,

the calm, collected, moderate-remarking host of The Dating Game.

Bob could do more things than host a show.

Bob Eubanks in my opinion would have made a terrific car salesman hands down. Actually, he could have taught "How to Sell Cars," as a college class. With his 24/7 groomed, ironed, and pressed looks, it would have been easy as drinking water. And his "magical" wink from his right eye, that was the "deal sealer" for some hot female divorcee or hot single lady to sign on the dotted line as Eubanks pocketed another big commission.

Things that Bob Eubanks would have not fit in doing, in my opinion, are:

  • A dirt farmer.
  • A rock singer.
  • A highway department employee who directs traffic. (The guys who wear yellow safety vests).
  • A commercial fisherman.

Besides being a terrific car salesman, other jobs Bob Eubanks would have excelled are:

  • Soap opera star.
  • Undercover cop.
  • Tour guide for some great tourist attraction in Florida.
  • Professional magician.

Things I Grew Tired of Seeing From Bob Eubanks Were:

  • Being laid-back as the host of a show such as The Newlywed Game, but Eubanks was TOO laid-back and with that constant, "Heyyyy, what a racy answer," style of remark got to be too much.
  • The instant-raising of his right eyebrow at the slightest-hint of something about sex or bedroom things being said in ignorance by one of the couples.
  • Always and I do mean always having "that" Hollywood game show look--new suit, shirt and shoes. Hair styled "to a tee." And probably his eyebrows were professionally-plucked at each of the show's tapings.
  • The fake-looking pasted-on smile that is only worn by car salesmen, insurance salesmen, and jewelry brokers.

I cannot really that Bob Eubanks was my most-disliked game show host. That title belongs to the late Richard Dawson, whose kissing addiction was overdone to the point of sickening.

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Akriti Mattu 19 months ago from Shimla, India

That's an informative post :)


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lions44 19 months ago from Auburn, WA

Eubanks tours the country with a traveling version of his game shows. They do casinos. He was just up here last year. Very popular show. But he is the caricature of a game show host. No doubt about it. Have to disagree, I liked Richard Dawson. He was Family Feud. Voted up.


Kathleen Kerswig 19 months ago

I must say that I loved Bob Eubanks back in the day. The Newlywed Game was one of my favorite shows and I enjoyed his reactions to some of the answers that came as a surprise to both him and the spouse. We all have different opinions and that's okay. But, for me, he was a good host! Hehe! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you!


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word55 19 months ago from Chicago

I tell ya Ken, I know where to come when I need a good laugh. I used to enjoy watching TNWG back in the 60s. I enjoyed the segment that you featured here as well. I guess, what Bob Eubanks did was a large part of the entertainment on the show. Also, what would the game have been like without Bob's antics? Thanks for sharing and bringing back some good ole memories!


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ReviewsfromSandy 19 months ago from Wisconsin

I did enjoy watching the Newlywed Game. Especially when the couple would get upset and those embracing moments.


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

ReviewsfromSandy,

I respect you for liking those angry moments of the Newlywed Game. I did too. It was Eubank's pasty-faced looks that were fake and we all knew it that turned me against him.

Give me YouTube and the old Dating Game. Great memories.

Hey, stay in touch.


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Akriti,

My sincere thanks to you for your sweet comment.

Come back anytime and stay in touch.


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

lions44,

I did not know this. Thanks for point this new Eubanks gig out to me. And it is okay to disagree. I just appreciate you reading my hubs and commenting.

Stay in touch.


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

word55,

Hey, bro. Thanks for your nice comment. Looks like I have been out-gunned and out-numbered. But all is good.

I enjoy reading the ideas from all of my great followers.

God bless you and stay in touch.


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kenneth avery 18 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Kathleen,

I appreciate you stopping by to see what I had to say about Eubanks and The Newlywed Game.

Come back to see me anytime. And God's blessings to you also.

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