on throwing a hustler out of the center square

Taking a break from reading left-leaning political blogs just now, I decided to spend a few minutes as I often do, cruising the web looking for evidence tying Paul Lynde to the death of a young male companion in 1965. And, in the process of putting the pieces together, I came across this mention of the actor’s drinking, and the fact that it had led to his being fired from Hollywood Squares… Here’s a clip from the TV Party bio of Paul Lynde:

Lynde was fired from the long-running game show in 1979 for drinking too much and being belligerent on the set. On several occasions he had to be forcibly removed from the set because of his outrageous tirades, lashing out angrily at audience members and contestants.

So, here’s my question for you… Have you ever heard about footage of such tirades existing? I would pay real money if someone could provide a tape… This, I’m sad to say, has become my new life’s mission. (Stopping the Fascist takeover of America was just too hard.)

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  1. Posted May 31, 2005 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I think they’re in the library of congress, right next to the bob crane stag film archive.

    seriously, i saw one of paul’s tirades once, where he went on and on about how much he hated kids today. he even started singing about it, and then- oh wait, that was a scene from ‘bye bye birdie’.


  2. chris
    Posted May 31, 2005 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Paul always really scared me as a child. Didn’t he have a Sid and Marty Krofft connection?

    You want conspiracy game show theory? How ’bout that dude who MC’d Family Feud (not the Hogan’s Heroes Brit-but see the connection-the clean cut blonde guy)? Went out in a suicidal blaze of cocaine and I don’t know how he actually killed himself. I saw him not ranting, but making statements so innapropriate to the contestants that after their initial shock you could tell they really pitied him.

  3. Stella
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I remember Bill Kennedy and Bill Bonds being drunk and goofy on TV, but the main thing I remember about Paul Lynde, was me, on a bad trip in 77 or so. Then wandering in to the room where the McCluanite kept her stack of TVs, to be barraged by 4 screens of “Storybook Squares”. Where they all dressed like Humpty Dumpty or Jack Sprat or Little Boy Blue or something.
    Sandy Duncan, Paul Lynde, Charlie Weaver, they were all there, draped in insane polyester costumage, it was the stuff of nightmares.
    Can you really blame me for becoming a commonist, fascist, atheist? Once you’ve seen that, you know there is no god.

  4. Stella
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Oh and Chris, I could be wrong and if so Id love to be exposed to a Krofftized Paul Lynde, but as an avid sid & marty kid I dont recall him ever showing up there. Are you thinking of Charles Nelson Reilly perhaps? The other game show perrenial.

  5. mark
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Was Paul Lynde perhaps inside HR Pufnstuf? Could HR have stood for “Hot Rear”? Or “Hard Rigid”?

  6. john galt
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    here’s an even better tv show, brought to you by the kingdom of Saud.


    the video can be seen at


    this is a classic! mark should show it at his “progressive” book club, I’m sure it will be a winner!

  7. chris
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Stella, you’re right, it was Charles Nelson Reilly. And, that costume party on Hollywood Squares that you mention is an image that I until now had successfully repressed. THANKS A LOT!

  8. terry
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    John, if the Saudi rulers are as bad as you say then maybe Bush should stop literarly kissing them and holding their hands.

  9. mark
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Bravo, Terry!

  10. Stella
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Holy moley and jeeze louise John, you are like the kid at the party that pees himself or vomits or something and has to call his mom, and everybody is really glad when she comes to take him home. Is that really who you want to be?
    I have known some who figured that it at least made them memorable, but really, 20 years later no one remembers his name, just his pitiful mug and wet cordorouys.

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