'Let's Make a Deal' to Honor Monty Hall With Special Tribute
The longtime host and co-creator of the game show died Sept. 30 of heart failure.
Let's Make a Deal is honoring longtime host and show co-creator Monty Hall with a special tribute episode set to air Friday.
Hall, who hosted the legendary game show for decades before Wayne Brady took over hosting duties for the CBS revival in 2009, died Sept. 30 of heart failure.
Friday's CBS special will celebrate Hall's life and legacy on Let's Make a Deal, with trademark games and footage of the former host's most memorable moments on the show.
In a preview of the special released Thursday, Brady opens the show with a heartfelt tribute to Hall.
"We all know that Monty was a great host, but he was a great man as well, in every single sense of the word," Brady says. "Monty made everyone feel special, and he was an inspiration to people that he'd meet on the street, he was an inspiration to myself, and everyone here on the set of Let's Make a Deal."
He continued: "So, today, we are celebrating his memory with this episode, and we are going to do what we know that Monty would want us to do — we're going to have fun, we're going to make deals, and we're going to change lives. Monty, we're going to celebrate your legacy, and this show is for you."
Following the news of Hall's death, Brady told The Hollywood Reporter in an earlier statement he considered it an "honor" to follow in Hall's footsteps as host.
"In this business, you're lucky to meet a legend, and even luckier still to work with and learn from one," he said. "I miss Monty like everyone connected to Let's Make a Deal, but I can smile because he got to see his baby fly again. Getting the Monty 'Seal of Approval' is one of the greatest honors I've received in my career so far."