The game show hosted by Alec Baldwin Matching game is not anymore. ABC dropped the star and the series while denying it had anything to do with the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year.
Hollywood outlet Variety reports that “ABC’s decision to cancel ‘Match Game’ is unrelated to this incident” and that new episodes have not been filmed since 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic began. The last episodes aired date back to the summer of 2021, according to Deadline.
Representatives for Baldwin did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the outlet.
The fate of Matching game had been the source of speculation following the accidental shooting of Hutchins by Baldwin on the set of the independent production Rust last fall.
The latest revival of Matching game hosted by Baldwin debuted in 2016 and ran for five seasons.
At launch, the Emmy-winning actor received “one of the highest game show hosting salaries of all time” for the 10-episode first series, as reported by Breitbart News.
Baldwin said he would donate his fees from the show to his wife Hilaria’s charity.
Produced by Fremantle, the show centered on four contestants competing for $25,000 as they attempted to match the answers of six celebrities in a fill-in-the-blank game.
Matching game debuted in 1962 on NBC and ran for seven seasons.
The wildly popular game show has been rebooted in multiple varieties since then, including a crossover with Hollywood Squares in 1982. The series was recently revived in syndication from 1998 to 1999.
According to Varietycelebrity guests on its latest broadcast covered a wide swath of pop culture, including Michael Che, Cheryl Hines, Jason Alexander and Caitlyn Jenner, Ice-T, JB Smoove, Ellie Kemper and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Baldwin was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program in 2017.
In November 2020, the actor said he had “a ball” hosting the show, calling it one of the “strange job quilts” that allowed him to work in New York and stay close. of his family, the Daily mail reports.
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