Hall & Merrill to Return to 'Deal'


In honor of its 50th anniversary, game show Let's Make a Deal is bringing back the dynamic duo that harvested the show's popularity in the very beginning, host Monty Hall and his assistant Carol Merrill.

Hall and Merrill, who made their first appearance on the show in its premiere season in 1963, will make their special guest appearance on the March 1st episode of the show, which is now presented by host Wayne Brady and model Tiffany Coyne.

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In addition to bringing back the show's original presenters, Let's Make a Deal will also reinstate the "Super Deal," discontinued in 1976, which will give contestants the opportunity to win $50,000 daily in its two-week return.

The show's special guests won't just be making an appearance on March 1 but will be participating in the show, as Hall and Merrill will both do a deal with a trader in their return to the show they built.

Hall, who is listed as a co-creator of the revival of the original show that ran until 1981 under his hosting, has made a few appearances on the new show but his upcoming appearance will be his first with Merrill since their last episode together in 1977.

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Since officially retiring as host of Let's Make a Deal in 1991 after two renewals of the show including The All New Let's Make a Deal from 1984 to 1986, Hall has sporadically appeared on various TV shows, including That '70s Show.

Merrill, who is now a passionate environmental activist, has rarely been seen on TV since departing Let's Make a Deal in 1977. She appeared in documentary on the show in 1999 and also made a few appearances on Hollywood Squares in 2002.

Let's Make a Deal
airs weekdays on CBS.