December 3rd, 2010
01:31 PM ET
Food Network star Guy Fieri never thought of himself as a future game show host growing up.
"I loved watching Richard Dawson and Wink Martindale on TV. I always liked the personality and energy they brought to the screen. I never imagined myself doing what they did, and I can't believe I'm doing this now."
Fieri hosts "Minute to Win It," the NBC stunt game show that returns for three holiday-themed episodes starting December 7. The chef and restaurateur says fans should expect to see some holiday bonuses thrown into the mix.
"Just when I think the show has run the gamut of challenges, they come up with something different," Fieri told reporters from one of his Johnny Garlic's restaurants in California. "You'll see games with wrapping paper and ornaments. You'll get old games modified with holiday items like Christmas cookies."
The show will also up its grand prize for these special episodes, going from $1 million to $3 million. Fieri also promises a marriage proposal on one of the episodes.
"The proposal will become something that people will talk about," Fieri notes. "The show is more than just a game show; it's a life-changing show where you don't have to be a Rhodes scholar or muscle man to play. All it takes is a little skill to win big money."
Fieri also takes pride in the fact that "Minute to Win It" is a rarity on primetime network television: A show that the whole family can watch.
"I have two sons, ages 14 and 5, and I can watch this show with them," he said. "My 14-year-old just had a show-themed birthday party, and the whole extended family was playing the games!"
But could the multi-talented Fieri succeed as a contestant? "I'm not the best of challengers," Fieri lamented. "Any challenge involving ping-pong balls would throw me."
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