Could you name the most popular syndicated game show on television today?
If you said “Family Feud,” as the proverbial survey does, you’re absolutely correct. And though there are no fabulous prizes for guessing the number one answer in this instance, one local family may have already come away with some, following a recorded appearance on the long-running game show last month. Of course, due to rules regarding the show’s future broadcast, the participants are prohibited from commenting on the outcome of their Family Feud episode until after it airs.
Though details of the appearance cannot be discussed at this time, the family patriarch, Greg Rust, a local financial consultant for Hilliard-Lyons, was able to divulge some information regarding the appearance to the Daily News Wednesday.
Rust said his daughter Monique Rust-Metzing captained the team, joined by her husband Ryan, sisters Joy Rust and Audrey Rust-Krizman, and brother Christian Rust. The group of five were seconded by Judy Rust and Christian’s fiance Dea Neisius, both of whom served as chaperones and were present at the show’s taping last month in Atlanta, Ga.
Monique and Ryan presently reside in Indianapolis while Joy lives in Champagne-Urbana, Ill. The rest of the group still call the “Tree City” home.
Never an avid viewer of Family Feud, Rust said he reacquainted himself by catching up on episodes of the show, which began in its original form in 1976.
Back then, guests on the program were just as likely to receive a (perhaps unwelcome) smooch from beloved host Richard Dawson as they were to come home with a slew of prizes. The show garnered impressive ratings over a nine-year network run, then was resurrected a few times in syndication.
Today’s version of Family Feud is hosted by popular comedian Steve Harvey who follows other acclaimed past hosts such as the late Ray Combs and Home Improvement’s Richard Karn.
Other than changes in hosting duties, little else has been altered in the program’s format over the years. In general, teams of five family members are asked to guess the number one response to a series of questions. Guessing correctly sends control of the board to one team who attempts to finish out the survey by coming up with the rest of the most popular responses.
The show culminates with the winning team taking part in a “Fast Money” round wherein two team members must separately guess the top survey answers in an effort to earn 200 points. It’s certainly easier said than done, but each participant has a legitimate chance to win cash and prizes.
The episode in which the Rust family appears is likely to air in September, Greg Rust said. In the meantime, details of the appearance must remain under wraps — producers’ orders.
“The Rust family realizes they are to keep mum about their results,” Greg Rust said jokingly Wednesday. “I can’t disclose how they did.”
One facet of the show Rust and family are more than happy to speak highly of, however, is host Steve Harvey. The family described meeting the current host, who has been credited with revitalizing the previously flagging popularity of the show, as “really enjoyable.”
The Daily News will notify readers of the Rust family’s forthcoming Family Feud appearance in an upcoming edition.
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