Dick Clark Revealed His Worst Celebrity Guest

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One of late TV legend Dick Clark's top credits was hosting The $10,000 Pyramid, which had everyday people paired with celebs, team members giving their partner clues to guess the magic words lighting up on the screen.

A friend of mine was on the show in the '70s and years later ran into Clark, giving him the chance to tell the icon about his experience.

My friend related to Clark that he did really well with Rita Moreno, who's muy intelligente, but when he then got paired with Welcome Back, Kotter's Robert Hegyes, the cash prize became suddenly out of grasp.

Hegyes just wasn't familiar enough with the game and couldn't catch on fast enough, or maybe he wasn't pretending when he played a "sweathog."

Replied Clark to my friend:

"Well, do you know who was the worst celebrity of all on the show?"

Wait a minute. Worse than Robert Hegyes?

It would have to be some busty blond starlet straight off the casting couch, right?

Wrong.

"Mickey Rooney!" exclaimed Dick.

What? Cute little Mickey Rooney?

It's probably because he was only good when paired with Judy.



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17 comments
Osama Lutfi
Osama Lutfi

Miserable Mickey "the midget" Rooney is still alive.....he's been an @sshole for a long time too!

BSOMERS
BSOMERS

There are many clips of Robert Hegyes on "Pyramid" and he was fine.  The worst player on "Pyramid" was Connie Francis, who lost every single round 5 days in a row.

burning_plastic
burning_plastic

 I just watched Dick Clark in Michael Moore's movie, and what I saw was Dick Clark being ambushed by someone talking about a documentary, and shootings, and it's being recorded, thought he hasn't agreed to answer any questions or be recorded. I don't see him being a dick, there. He knows that his image is being exploited and he doesn't know who this person is or what they want. And Michael Moore is saying that this woman's son took a gun to school because she was busy going to work at Dick Clark's restaurant "to serve rich people." That's so blatantly manipulative and pandering. I am sorry that happened to that lady. I have narrowly escaped eviction myself. I don't like the fact that a full time job is not a living wage. I'm on the side of the poors, because I am, but if I was in that situation I wouldn't have sat around talking to some stranger trying to drag me through the mud.

mdf
mdf

Dick Clark was a real dick, and not the good kind.

Mario
Mario

Does anyone remember what a total douche Dick Clark was in Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine?

mookindahouse
mookindahouse

when Mickey was in Sugar Babies, he screamed at his costar, a pre-fame Jeff Dunham: "You got hired as filler during my costume changes!" ouch...

 

Musto
Musto

Famous old joke:

Ava Gardner said to Mickey, "If you ever fuck me and I find out about it..."

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

The Mick told my Dad that when he was married to Ava Gardner and they were house-hunting, she had him fuck her on a table.

In another conversation, Phil, my father, told me that HE had  fucked Martha Raye on a backstage Miami nightclub table. (Years and years later, I had the opportunity to ask Raye about this and she said, "I knew Phil, so it's probably true.")

Then again, maybe my Dad just had a thing about tables.

billyjoe
billyjoe

Recent news about cute little Mickey Rooney:

Elder abuse victims have a new poster child: Actor Mickey Rooney. In 2011, the actor and his court-appointed conservator filed a lawsuit claiming Rooney’s stepson stole millions from him. The nightmare first came to light in February 2011, when Rooney voluntarily asked a court to appoint a conservator to help him regain control over his finances and protect his personal interests. In the February court filings, Rooney and his attorneys alleged that stepson Christopher Aber was verbally abusive, forced Rooney to sign financial documents without having the opportunity to read them, had confiscated the actor’s passport and other ID, kept Rooney from leaving his house, and restricted his access to food and medications. 

Muscato
Muscato

My mother's major game show disappointment was onetime heartthrob Chad Everett (from Medical Center.  Watching him flounder away on Password or the Pyramid, she'd sigh, "That is one hunk of man, but he is just as stupid as a bag of rocks."

Which seems to sum up the situation for Hegyes as well.  I'd betcha fellow Sweathog Travolta's not that much better...

Bangers
Bangers

Yeah, he hid it well.

dsmith
dsmith

A long career without a hint of sleazy behavior. That says a lot.

Fuguehorn
Fuguehorn

Maybe Mickey Rooney  was rehearsing for his role as the retarded "Bill."

Eles
Eles

Am I nuts or does Dick Clark look extremely fuckable in that photo?

mae swazey
mae swazey

He almost always did!  Especially in his Pyramid days.  I loved that voice of his, too.

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