‘Let’s Make a Deal’ asks frontline staff to join its special

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This image released by CBS shows host Wayne Brady on the set of the gameshow “Let’s Make a Deal.” Shut-in television viewers tuned in to the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” in record numbers last week. The Nielsen company said the show recorded its best week in the 11 years since it was revived by CBS with Wayne Brady as host. (Monty Brinton/CBS via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Wayne Brady and the folks at “Let’s Make a Deal” want to honor those fighting the coronavirus — and they don’t have to wear their capes if they don’t want to.

The CBS daytime game show that usually has a studio audience in zany costumes is asking front-line workers to submit a video audition for an upcoming special online edition of the show.

“The idea sprang into my head because I wanted for us at ‘Deal’ to not only bring smiles to our loyal Deal Family, but to give hope and something to look forward to,” Brady, the host, told The Associated Press.

“In times like this, a small token can go a long way. Whether a joke or a $50 Amazon gift card, when the news is oftentimes bad, I wanted us to be that bright spot in their day.”

Several contestants on the “Let’s Make a Deal: At Home” edition of the show have been front-line workers, but the new recruitment is intended to help dedicate an entire show to them.

“Let’s Make a Deal” hopes to attract “doctors, nurses, paramedics, delivery drivers, nursing home attendants and any other individual out there providing care, safety and services.”

To land a spot on the show, hopefuls should submit a short video detailing their line of work and why they would be a good contestant. Videos should be emailed to LMADatHome@gmail.com.

Entries must be no more than 1 minute long, and participants must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the U.S.

Brady and announcer Jonathan Mangum have adapted to the shelter-in-place orders with a stripped down, audience-less version of the show on Facebook which still offers deals to a handful of contestants.

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