Southlanders on ‘Family Feud’
October 31, 2012 2:56PM
Debra Kelly (from left), Theresa Gibbs, "Family Feud" host Steve Harvey, Celeste Trotter, Ron Gibbs and Cookie Offutt will appear at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 on the show on WPWR-TV (Channel 50).
WHEN TO WATCH
◆ The Gibbs family’s appearance on the TV show “Family Feud” will air at 5 p.m. Nov. 5 on WPWR-TV (Channel 50).
◆ The Barrett family’s appearance on the TV show “Family Feud” will air at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 on WPWR-TV (Channel 50).
Updated: December 3, 2012 6:14AM
The slew of Southlanders on TV game show “Family Feud” continues on Nov. 5 with the Gibbs family from Country Club Hills and the Barrett family from Tinley Park.
Both families were in front of a live studio audience in Atlanta with the chance to win up to $100,000 and a new car, along with some serious bragging rights, but they weren’t facing each other.
The Gibbs will face off against the Baldyga family from Shelton, Conn.
The Gibbs family includes Cookie Offutt, a customer advocate; sister Celeste Trotter, a homemaker; brother Ron Gibbs, a sergeant on the SWAT team; sister Theresa Gibbs, a minority cord blood donor recruiter; and sister Debra Kelly, a customer service representative.
The Barretts will face off against the Reischel family from Appleton, Wis.
The Barrett family includes T.L. Barrett, a pastor; daughter-in-law Autumn Barrett, a business owner; daughter Kisha Barrett, an entrepreneur and stay-at-home mom; daughter-in-law Heather Barrett, an operations manager; and son T.L. Barrett III, an account manager.
“I’ve been married for about four years now and I thought trying out for ‘Family Feud’ would be a great way to spend time with my husband’s family,” Autumn Barrett said.
“My husband’s family founded the KLEO Community Family Life Center in honor of their daughter, so if we win I want to make a contribution for the work that they do.”
Both the Gibbs and the Barrett families will be playing for big prize money plus a new car when they appear with “Family Feud” host Steve Harvey.
Since Harvey took over as host of the show, viewership has increased nearly 50 percent overall, and it’s no wonder, officials said.
Harvey brings down the house five days a week as he puts contestants on the spot and mines laughter from the crowd with every remark, gesture and eye roll he makes.
“We decided to try out for ‘Family Feud’ to have a world -lass experience and to try and win a new car for our mother,” Ron Gibbs said. “Hopefully we will win the new car, but if we don’t any money will go toward buying a new car for her.”
One of the original Kings of Comedy, Harvey brings his tell-it-like-it-is brand of humor to center stage where he keeps audiences in stitches for the show’s 14th season, now airing throughout the United States in national syndication.
Families travel from all over the country to compete for big cash prizes on the set of “Family Feud” and enjoy a great bonding experience while they’re at it.
When the show is over, fans can connect for breaking news on Twitter (@FamilyFeud), find outtakes and behind the scenes footage on YouTube (youtube.com/familyfeud) and even face off against friends and family on Facebook.
One of the most beloved and successful game shows in history, “Family Feud” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar Mercury.
Gaby Johnston is the executive producer, Jim Roush is the executive in charge of production and Ken Fuchs is the director.
To secure their spots on the show, the Gibbs and Barrett families called the “Family Feud” hot line to begin the process.
Other contestant hopefuls also can call the show’s hot line at (323) 762-8467 for an interview.
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