NBC reveals 'Celebrity Family Feud's reality star-heavy celebrity cast
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/11/2008
NBC has revealed the identities of the 24 teams competing on Celebrity Family Feud -- the majority of which have past or current connections to the reality genre.
Included among Celebrity Family Feud's 24-team field will be 15 teams featuring the Kardashian family; Deion and Pilar Sanders; Vivica A. Fox; Mo'Nique; Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry; Ice T; Melissa Rivers; Wayne Newton; Vincent Pastore; Corbin Bernsen; Margaret Cho; and cast members from American Gladiators, Dog the Bounty Hunter, The Girls Next Door and American Chopper.
Fox previously participated in Dancing with the Stars third season and is currently slated to star in VH1's new Glam God with Vivica A. Fox reality competition series, in which contestants compete for a career as a celebrity stylist. The show is scheduled to debut in August. Fox will compete on Celebrity Family Feud with her sister Alecia, brothers Marvin and William, and niece Sharday. They'll be playing for the American Red Cross.
Fox's family will be pitted against that of Mo'Nique -- who hosted Oxygen's Mo'Nique's Fat Chance plus-sized beauty pageant and VH1's Flavor of Love Girls Charm School reality series. Mo'Nique will compete with her husband Sidney, her cousins Eric and Terrance, and family friend Rodney. They'll be playing for Crystal Stairs, Inc.
The guys from TLC's American Chopper -- Paul Teutul Sr. and his sons Paul Jr.and Mikey -- will compete with their family friends Steve and Ron and will be playing for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
They'll be pitted against Knight and Curry -- who have starred on VH1's My Fair Brady after meeting on The Surreal Life's third season. Curry was America's Next Top Model's first-season winner, while Knight will also compete on NBC's Celebrity Circus this summer.
Knight and Curry will compete with Curry's brother Nick and mom Christine, and family friend Andrea while playing for the National Breast Cancer Association and Precious Paws.
Bernsen -- who appeared on both Celebrity Mole: Hawaii and Celebrity Mole: Yucatan -- will compete on Celebrity Family Feud with his wife Amanda and their three sons Oliver, Henry and Angus. They'll be playing for The Rape Treatment Center at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.
Bernsen's family will be pitted against that of Cho, whose new VH1 The Cho Show reality series is scheduled to premiere this August on VH1 and will follow the comedian's attempts to reestablish her career. Cho will play with her dad Seung Hoon, her mom Young Hie, and her assistants John and Selene. They'll be competing for the MAC AIDS Fund.
Ice T -- who helmed VH1's Fall 2006 reality series Ice T's Rap School -- will compete alongside his wife Coco, their son Ice, Coco's mom Tine, and family friend Sean. They'll be playing for Unity 2 and will be pitted against the Rivers. Melissa -- a former I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! participant -- and her mom Joan will compete with Melissa's cousins Andrew and Caroline, and Joan's assistant Sabrina. They'll be playing for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Keeping up with the Kardashians co-stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and Kris and Bruce Jenner will compete for the Dream Foundation and will be pitted against Deion and Pilar: Prime Time Love family members Deion, Pilar, Deion Jr. and Deiondra Sanders, as well as Deion's aunt Annette. They'll play for Sanders Claus.
Pastore -- a former Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity Apprentice participant and Dancing with the Stars drop-out -- will compete with his ex-wife Nancy, their daughter Renee, Renee's fiance Christopher, and family friend Kathrine. They'll be playing for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research- Mitchell Berk Memorial.
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Pastore's kin will compete against The Girls Next Door co-stars Bridget Marquardt, Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson, as well as Playboy bunnies Sara Underwood and Jayde Nicole. They'll be playing for the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation and Operation Gratitude.
Newton -- a former Dancing with the Stars fifth-season participant -- will compete with his wife Kathleen, their daughter Erin and Kathleen's mom Marilyn and sister Tricia. They'll be playing for The USO.
Dog the Bounty Hunter co-stars Duane "Dog" Chapman, his wife Beth and their children Duane Jr., Leland and Lyssa will also participate and play for the Mousseheart Child City School.
Former Dancing with the Stars fourth-season participant and American Gladiator's co-host Laila Ali will be joined by the show's professional gladiators Mike "Titan" O'Hearn, Don "Wolf" Yates, Beth "Venom" Horn, and Monica "Jet" Carlson. They'll be playing for the Woman's Sports Foundation and USA Cares.
Even Celebrity Family Feud's host -- Today anchor Al Roker -- has a reality tie-in, as he curently serves as executive producer for Spike TV's DEA series.
In addition to the 15 aforementioned teams, Celebrity Family Feud will also feature six teams fronted by celebrities with no prior reality ties -- Larry The Cable Guy; comedian Bill Engvall; actress Raven-Symone; Today correspondent Tiki Barber; former The Tonight Show personality Ed McMahon; and TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford. Three teams featuring cast members from NBC's The Office and My Name is Earl sitcoms will round out the 24-team field (Earl will field two teams, "The Hickeys" and "The Camden County All-Stars").
During each episode four celebrity families will be pitted against each other in a tournament-style format, with the winners from each round moving onto the final round -- where they'll compete to win up to $50,000 for their designated charity.
Celebrity Family Feud will premiere Tuesday, July 1 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.