Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa's Big Night

 : Photo from "Episode 103"


In my last post I shared that my uncle was going to be on the new game show airing Monday night, December 10th, called "Take It All", which is based on the "White Elephant" or "Dirty Santa" gifting game.  It is a fun game to play with friends--strangers maybe not so much!

Uncle John/Santa luckily made it through to the last "Prize Fight" round wherein the last two players have to select a secret vote button to choose either to each keep their own prizes and both go home winners, or try to Take It All and steal the other player's prizes.  However, if they both choose Take It All, both go home with nothing.  Uncle John and the other player were both school teachers and he emphasized how he felt it was a god-given opportunity both of them could benefit by in selecting Keep Mine.  Which is what he did.  The other player did not--and collected over $400,000 in prizes. Santa was robbed!  (link to the full episode on NBC).

My aunt posted on Facebook that after the show some of the audience was really mad, some of whom had to be removed by security.  The other player's shocked students were in the audience and started to chant "Santa, Santa", getting the audience involved.  Uncle John, though at first a bit stunned, took it with a grain of salt, as he was no worse off and had a lot of fun, leaving with his integrity intact.  The Take It All Facebook page has had some interesting reactions too, many of them negative against greed being featured.  One guy started a page on indiegogo.com to raise the 50K that Uncle John should have won as his cash prize and give it to him!  Too funny. 

Now, this is a game show and all the rules are explained to all the players and losing is of course more likely than winning.  But having to trust another player with your prizes is a pretty brutal ending!  On last night's episode, both players chose Take It All, and both went home with nothing.  We'll see if this show survives its maiden voyage of six episodes this week.

12 comments:

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Oh, I wish I would have remembered to watch this. I will have to go back and look at it.

It sounds like your uncle understood that it was a "game" and to read the "rules" and how to be a good sport about it all. :)

Judy

Quilt Hollow said...

I missed the first half of the show. I did see second half to find they each were greedy and lost. It reminds me of an episode of Bachlor Pad that aired earlier in the year...the guy took it all. You just never truly know about how so embody would play...I think the show will be a hit. The good guys will look good while America loves the bad boys too.

Janet O. said...

We have had Christmas programs both nights and haven't seen it, but I don't even like to play this game, so I don't know if I could enjoy watching it. Sorry your Uncle lost. Sounds like a nice guy--and looks like he makes a great Santa!

ANudge said...

How sad!

Shay said...

Oh no-it's too bad the other person was too greedy to share.

They play a game like this sometimes on the radio here . Im always flabbergasted that people choose to take it all.

Denise :) said...

I really struggle with 'dirty Santa' since it seems to be the epitome of what Christmas *isn't*. I'm really sorry for your Uncle ... bummer! :)

Lorraine said...

Hmmmm.....winning sometimes doesn't mean getting the prizemoney..it's more about how you feel about yourself. Not sure I would be a fan of this show if it were to air here.....

John'aLee said...

What an incredible man! Our integrity is really all we have, so he left with a lot more than the other man in my opinion. What goes around comes around....the other one will find that out!

Mary said...

Your uncle is quite a guy and he's setting a great example for the rest of us.

Sherrill said...

I've watched this show a couple of times and don't think I like it! Unfortunately seems to be a sign of the times--people can be so greedy, they want it ALL! UGH!

Kate said...

It sounds like a brutal show. Hope that your uncle kept his good attitude. But what a sad statement on how greedy some people can be. I don't think I'd like this show.

ytsmom said...

I felt bad that Santa did not get his share :( I liked the one where each guy kept his own. Just goes to show a persons true colors.