Guy Fieri: 'Minute to Win It' is 'life-changing'
December 3rd, 2010
01:31 PM ET

Guy Fieri: 'Minute to Win It' is 'life-changing'

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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  1. Brian

    Don't miss an all new 2 hour family, special episode of Mintue to Win it! This Wed. Feb 2nd at 8/7 central!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lori

    i love guy. he seems so down to earth.

    December 5, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. tanya

    People need to stop drinking that HATORADE...!!!! he's cool and u know it

    December 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Knox T Johnson

    Guy Fieri is such a standup guy! I really enjoy his cooking and all of his shows are fun for the whole family!
    Can't wait to watch those new holiday episodes that start next Tuesday!

    December 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wikileaks

    I have some information that will bring GUy Fieri down.

    December 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cheefsfury


    December 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tom Ace

    Guy is hilarious and Minute to Win It is one of the best game shows on TV!!! I just heard its back with ALL NEW holiday episodes on Tues. Dec.7 at 8p/7c on NBC!!! Cant wait!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Franz

    Yeah Observer just chill out and watch the show – have some fun!
    Its pretty much all me and my family play since its free fun! just a few household items and you've got easy party games – the fam can't get enough of them at gatherings.. always a good time!

    December 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LTJ

    He has a great personality & he can cook. Why "Observer" are you so negitive. ?? move on...don't worry be happy !

    December 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LBW

    I like him a lot. He is funny, kind and he always includes his family. I hope he is around a long time.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Observer

    Guy Fieri is a retard and media hack. It is a sad state of affairs when hosting a game show get attention on CNN.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |

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