Monty Hall, former host of 'Let's Make a Deal,' dead at 96

Report: “Let's Make a Deal” host Monty Hall passes away at 96

Monty Hall, legendary host of 'Let's Make a Deal,' dead at 96

A daughter, Joanna Gleason, confirmed he died of heart failure Saturday, according to The New York Times.

Born Monty Halparin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, Hall grew up during the Depression.

Our thoughts are with Monty's family during this time. Though CBS credited Hall's Production for the show and Hall continued to contribute as a creative consultant and co-creator of the format.

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Let's Make a Deal has aired more or less continuously since its debut, on different networks, in daytime and nighttime versions, and in syndication.

Hall would offer contestants a modest prize, then give them a chance to trade it for a mystery prize hidden by a curtain, stashed in a big box or concealed behind door No. 1, door No. 2 or door No. 3.

In the early 1960s, he was developing game shows and joined forces with TV veteran Stefan Hatos. In 2002, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, along with two other Canadian game show hosts: Alex Trebek and Howie Mandel.

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"It was much more exciting than the first 20 minutes of the show", he recalled.

While Hall was the unquestioned master of ceremonies, the real stars of "Let's Make a Deal" were the thousands of frantic, exuberant and impressively festooned contestants he plucked from the audience.

"Do you want Door No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3?" had become the famous phrase of the game show, which had also allowed contestants to try their luck and winning a new vehicle. He re-invented the catch phrase when announcing who would compete next on Let's Make A Deal.

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"When you've been that sick, spent a year out of school, you identify with people who have these ailments and sicknesses", he told the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post in a 2003 interview.

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