‘The $100,000 Pyramid’ is back in play with Michael Strahan

ABC game-show revival starts Season 6

Michael Strahan

Reaching the top of “The $100,000 Pyramid” may not be equate to being launched into outer space, but Michael Strahan knows a lot about both.

The NFL veteran, “Good Morning America” co-anchor and Fox Sports personality starts his sixth season of hosting the ABC game-show revival Sunday, July 10. This time, “Seinfeld” alums Jason Alexander and Wayne Knight, skiing star Lindsey Vonn, RuPaul Charles and Carson Kressley are among the celebrities trying to help players guess categories and reach the winner’s circle to play for the title amount.

“I watched the original growing up,” the ever-friendly Strahan recalls of the game that originated as “The $10,000 Pyramid” with host Dick Clark. “I forget the episodes because we shoot so many so fast, but I’m playing along with everyone else (while watching the show later).”

Often if someone hasn’t won the top money, Strahan will offer his own clue after the game, and the player usually guesses the category from that. “Some clues are so simple, you’re like, ‘Aaagghh!,’ ” Strahan reflects, “but I will say that under pressure, it’s a lot different. Once after we finished taping, my assistant wanted to play the game, so we sat down and played. And afterward, I was like, ‘No, no, I’ll just be the host. It’s a lot easier.’ ”

Also the owner of a clothing line, Strahan runs a production company that’s involved in making “The $100,000 Pyramid,” so he’s an executive producer of the show as well. “You have to have a good (playing) partner, someone who is creative and can just throw words out there,” he reasons. “It’s such a fun show to host and produce, it’s truly a joy.”

As for who the best “Pyramid” players are among the “name” guests, Strahan believes “those who are entertaining really make the game go. The game carries itself, and I’m just kind of there to orchestrate who’s where and to keep score. I’d hate to put myself out of a job, but after the game and the guests and the players, I’m the third or fourth fiddle. And that’s what I like about it.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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