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Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012

Howie Mandel’s new game show ‘Take it All’ reveals another side of greedy contestants

The White Elephant gift exchange has now been merged with greedy America in Howie Mandel’s hosted game show “Take It All,” which debuted Monday.

The “Deal or No Deal” host explained the game during an interview with Media Mikes.

“So, the simplicity of it is everybody comes out, we start with five, everybody comes out with a different prize. So, if you pick a car and the next person picks a hovercraft, whoever ends up with the least expensive prizes gives it back and goes home. And eventually we end with two people that have a veritable cornucopia of extravagant prizes. And then, they can pick cash, you know, a 1/4 of a million dollars, hundreds of thousands of dollars, and then they have a choice. And I don’t think they do this in the house, but their two choices are keep it, so they can keep everything that they have, or take it all. If one of them decides to take it all, they get everything that they’ve accumulated throughout the hour, plus what their opponent has accumulated and they end up with tons of money and prizes and cash. But here’s the catch. If they both decide to take it all, they both end up with nothing. And neither of them knows what the other is going to do, so it’s like – it’s great gamesmanship, because it’s like poker.”

As the contestant pool shrinks and shrinks, the greed continues to grow as one player is trying to “out bluff” the other into just “Keeping Mine” instead of “Taking it All.”

The Huffington Post recapped the conclusion of the first episode, which came down to Kim and John,

“…the dilemma became a religious and moral one for John. “For me to arrogantly say, ‘I’ll take it all,’ is to spit in God’s face,” John decided. Kim took that to mean he’d probably try to do the kinder thing and only choose to keep his own winnings. So she chose to take it all, and take it all she did,” Huff Po documented.

Watch their video clip here

Mandel added that the show aims to surprise guests and viewers with the oddball prize pool.

“…prizes are like characters in themselves. I mean, you will see things that you haven’t seen on any other show. And I’m talking things like hovercrafts and submarines and jet packs, and things like you’ve never seen before, so they’re all amazing. I mean, I’m just as blown away as the contestants when the gifts are revealed and I go, “Oh my, God, this is amazing. I want one,” you know?”

The special holiday run of “Take It All” continues Tuesday through Friday at 9 p.m. ET, wrapping next Monday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Check out the complete Howie Mandel interview over at Media Mikes here.

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