Jay Leno is taking a cue from the late Groucho Marx.
It’s been announced that Leno will host a revival of You Bet Your Life, which started as a radio show in 1947 before becoming a television game show from 1951 to 1960, hosted by Groucho Marx. And now they have Jay Leno taking the reins to host the series.
Just like the original, the banter between the host and the contestants will serve as an integral part of the show. The format is your pretty standard game show premise that sees two contestants squaring off and answering questions to win prize money. It’s all pretty self explanatory there. This is also the third attempt to revive the show, with previous incarnations hosted by Buddy Hackett and Bill Cosby only lasting a single season.
“We need a familiar face to make us laugh and we are incredibly proud and excited to reinvent this renowned franchise with the enormously talented Jay,” station group CEO Jack Abernethy said in the announcement.
In his own statement, Leno talks about how one of his favorite things is “is to talk to regular people and draw humor out of them. This is a comedy show wrapped in a game show that allows me to do just that.”
Despite the original series having been on NBC, this new version will be airing on Fox. It is slated to be on the air by the fall of 2021.