Monty Hall, ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ host, dead at 96

Monty Hall, host and co-creator of the long-running game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” has died. He was 96. 

A daughter, Joanna Gleason, confirmed he died of heart failure Saturday, according to The New York Times

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The game show, which premiered with Hall as host in 1963, featured contestants in outlandish costumes who filled the “trading floor” in an effort to bargain for cash and prizes, and hopefully not a booby prize behind one of the game show’s doors.

The show aired with Hall as host until 1976 and for years in syndication. It was rebooted with Wayne Brady as host in 2009, to which Hall gave his approval. 

“He’s making it his show,” Hall said in a 2013. “He’s learning the star of the show is the contestant and to make them feel at home, make them feel like they came to your party.”

In addition to Gleason, Hall is survived by daughter Sharon Hall and son Richard; a brother Robert Hall; and five grandchildren. 

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