AIRDATES

September 1969 - September 1973
Tom hosted approx. Spring 1970- Spring 1972

NETWORK(S)

Daily Syndication, NBC owned & operated stations only

ANNOUNCER(S)

John Harlan

PRODUCED BY

Ralph Andrews Productions


"I'm Tom Kennedy and the name of our show...It's Your Bet!"

Tom stepped in as substitute host, and eventually permanent host, of this celebrity couples quizzer.

Two celebrity couples compete, each representing a member of the studio audience. One member of the couple picks up the telephone at their podium and hears a question based on general knowledge (“What game are you playing if you use words like Stud, Bluff, and Flush?”) or based on personal facts (“What was the exact date & year of your wedding?”). S/he then wagers  up to 100 points & secretly locks in a guess as to whether the spouse will answer correctly or incorrectly. A correct wager wins the points; a wrong wager does not deduct the wager from their score, but gives the points to the other team.

300 points wins the game and a prize for a member of the studio audience.

The winning team then goes on to play the Preference Round. One member of the couple is asked a multiple choice question about their spouse. The player points to their answer. If the spouse matches, the audience member wins an additional prize. Each member of the couple plays one question in this fashion.

“It’s Your Bet” originally launched on NBC daytime as “I’ll Bet,” hosted by Tom’s brother Jack Narz. It was revived as “It’s Your Bet” in 1969 with Hal March (famously of “The $64,000 Question”) at the helm. He would drop out in the Spring of 1970 after being diagnosed with lung cancer (to which he would eventually succumb).  Like “Password Plus” a decade later, Tom would join the series as a substitute host but wind up with the job permanently.


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Despite being thrust into the role rather suddenly, Tom adapted quickly, potentially due to surprisingly familiar surroundings. The show taped at NBC Studio 5 in Burbank, only one door down from the studio that had housed "You Don't Say!" for the previous seven years. His boss was once again Ralph Andrews and his announcer was once again John Harlan. Even Tom's opening spiel each day was virtually the same as his introduction to each episode of "You Don't Say!" Well, maybe that's why he adapted quickly...it could be that he's just really, really good at this.

The show is most famously known for a classic blooper, featured on NBC’s “Most Outrageous Game Show Moments,” involving Tom and guest player Burt Reynolds Read Tom’s explanation of what happened at the Tom Says! Page.

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