Claim: A 'Newlywed Game' contestant said the 'weirdest place she'd ever made whoopee was 'up the butt.'
Over a beer, friends and I are discussing TV bloopers. One friend says that she was watching The Newlywed Game one day and the bonus question was "Where is the most unusual place that you and your husband have ever made whoopee?" After receiving responses like "the bathroom of a 747" and "the kitchen table," Bob Eubanks comes to a "not-too-literate" [black] lady who, after a lengthy deliberation, states "It be the butt, Bob".
HOST: Where did your wife say you had your most unusual "whoopee session"?
HUSBAND: In the sink.
HOST: I'm sorry; your wife said 'in the butt.'
HUSBAND: Damn, I almost said that.
Origins: The Newlywed Game, a game show in which newly-married husbands and wives were separately asked the same questions and had to predict how their spouses would answer, was a staple of American television for over twenty years. It aired in a prime time network version from January 1967 to August 1971 and ran during the day from July 1966 to December 1974. A syndicated version was produced from 1977 until 1980, and the show was revived yet again as The Newlywed Game in the fall of 1985, a version that lasted until 1990.
"What was the strangest place you've ever made whoopee?" was one of host Bob Eubanks' favorite questions, almost always prompting at least one (unintentionally) hilarious response. Over the years this question featured in one of the most hotly-debated items in urban legendry: whether a contestant responded to this question with the answer, "That'd be up the butt, Bob." Legions of television viewers swore they saw this event, and opposing legions of pundits insisted that the whole thing was merely a joke and no such exchange ever took place on a broadcast Newlywed Game episode. Among this latter group was host Bob Eubanks himself, who repeatedly denied that any such occurrence had taken place on his show (and offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who can prove it did):
EUBANKS: It never happened. No matter where I go, it's mentioned three or four times a day. Everybody swears they saw it. I'm going to write a book and call it That Would Be in the Book, Bob.
The clip was notably different in several details from the urban legend that had been circulating for years at that point, however. The overwhelming majority of people who claimed to have seen episode air reported that the couple was black, and that the woman's response was "That would be in the butt, Bob" (or some similar dialectal version, such as "That'd be the butt, Bob," "Up da butt, Bob" or "It be the butt, Bob"). Neither Hank nor Olga (nor any of the other couples on the show that day) was black, and Olga's response didn't correspond to either the structure or the phrasing of the legendary answer (i.e., she didn't use the word "butt," end her answer with "Bob," or phrase it as a declarative).
For many, their first opportunity to see the clip came when it appeared on The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments, an NBC special which originally aired in
Why did Bob Eubanks spend years denying this ever occurred and offering a reward to anyone who could prove it did? We can only guess at this point, but we might surmise something like this:
The episode originally aired well before VCRs became a household item, and well before the proliferation of cable channels created a network dedicated to replaying old game shows. The legend about the incident didn't gain widespread currency until several
Tired of being asked constantly about something he didn't remember ever happening, Eubanks developed a standard "reward" response as a way of trying to get people to stop with the same old question already. (If he were offering a
It is true that by 1993 Eubanks didn't even mention "up the butt" when asked to recall the show's most outrageous moment:
"Her husband came out and matched the answer," said Eubanks, chuckling at the memory. "They got their
And the uncle?
"I guess he's looking up at the sky about now," he said.
Last updated: 12 February 2015
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