Howie Mandel's hit game show "Deal or No Deal" is back after 10 years with a heart-warming holiday special and the ultimate $1 million present.
Briefcases full of money, carried by 26 beautiful women— waiting to change one contestant’s life. And yes, comedy legend Howie Mandel is back tonight, hosting the iconic show that originally launched in 2005.
“There’s no game show that appealed that widely. Nothing changed my life like 'Deal or No Deal,'" Mandel said. "Whether you’re 5 or 95 you can relate to the people and to the game. You don’t have to have a skill, there’s no trivia, there’s nothing physical that happens."
The show offers up a high-pressure, high-stakes game of risk and reward, in which contestants face a series of potentially life-changing decisions. With 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash— ranging from a penny to $1 million— contestants have to decide whether to accept an offer of cash from the mysterious entity known only as "The Banker."
Mandel says being able to change lives is what he loves the most.
“When somebody makes a decision or luck is on their side and they walk out of there at least financially much better off when they walked on that night," Mandel said.
The comedian says he plans to host "Deal or No Deal" for years to come, but has no plans to leave "America’s Got Talent," making Mandel a busy man.
"I am continuing with 'America’s Got Talent', and 'America’s Got Talent Champions' is coming on in January. It's the best of the best like Susan Boyle vs. Darci Lynn. I’ve also got a Showtime comedy special not for the kids in January," Mandel said.
Mandel, who stays extremely busy, spends 200 nights on the road doing standup comedy, including a future date here in Phoenix.
"Can I make you a deal?," I asked Mandel. "Will you come to our studio the next time you’re in Phoenix?"
"Deal!," Mandel said.
"Deal or No Deal" airs tonight at 9 p.m. on 12 News after "The Voice." The show will then air every Wednesday night on our sister network CNBC.