We hope you’re sitting down for this: The host of “The Gong Show” was actually Mike Myers this whole time, the “Wayne’s World” alum “revealed” on Monday. And oh yeah, ABC has renewed the series for a Season 2.
“Celebrated film and television actor/comedian Mike Myers has finally confirmed the rumor that he is, indeed, the show’s host – British comedic legend Tommy Maitland,” the Disney-owned broadcast network said in a media release, ripping the lid off the worst-kept secret in Hollywood.
“Being the host of ‘The Gong Show’ is a blast! Pure fun,” said Myers. “It is with great delight that I can finally admit that there is indeed a Tommy Maitland, and that I portray him.”
“The Gong Show,” which is executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett, will go into production later this year. An airdate will be announced at a future date.
“I was just as surprised as the next guy when I heard ‘The Gong Show’s’ host, Tommy Maitland, was a character portrayed by the insanely talented Mike Myers,” said Arnett. “Despite this shocking news, I’m in total awe of the man, and we are so fortunate to have him as our brilliant host.”
“The Gong Show” is produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live audience. The updated version of the classic talent show is executive produced by Arnett, Peter Principato, Marc Forman, Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Mike Myers, Jason Weinberg and Conrad Green. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, David Bohnert and Chris Choun are co-executive producers.
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