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One example was the late country musician Box Car Willie, who was a 1977 'Gong Show' winner.He called himself 'The King of Daytime Television,' but to critics he was 'The King of Schlock' or 'The Baron of Bad Taste.' As 'The Gong Show' and Barris' other series were slipping, he sold his company for a reported 0 million in 1980 and decided to go into films.After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated.
Morgan, Rex Reed, Rip Taylor, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson and David Letterman) could send the bad performers packing by striking a large gong.
Seeking escape from the Hollywood rat race, he moved to a villa in the south of France in the 1980s with his girlfriend and future second wife, Robin Altman.
He made only infrequent returns to his old haunts over the next two decades.
He directed and starred in 'The Gong Show Movie,' a thundering failure that stayed in theaters only a week.
Afterward, a distraught Barris checked into a New York hotel and wrote his autobiography in two months.
Chuck Barris, the wacky host of The Gong Show, died Tuesday at the age of 87.