Remember when tart-tongued quizmistress Anne Robinson was the hottest thing on TV, and everyone was going around cracking, "You are the weakest link goodbye"? Well, those days are long gone, thankfully. But the fast-paced game show still lives on in syndication, where it airs five times a week with emcee George Gray. And while the onetime host of TLC's Junkyard Wars may not be as sassy as his flame-haired counterpart, he's just as quick with the one-liner as he proved when we confronted him with seven rather silly questions.
TV Guide Online: What ever happened to Mrs. Robinson?
George Gray: Actually, we broke up. She calls me now and again, but I had to put out a restraining order. It's all very painful.
TVGO: Do you resent the fact that you can't wear her black dominatrix outfits?
Gray: Who says I don't. Oh, you mean on the show.
TVGO: Are you surprised at how quickly the catchphrase "You are the weakest link" fizzled out?
Gray: Has it fizzled out?
TVGO: You once had a bit part on Fox's Party of Five. Who was the weakest link on that show?
Gray: Anybody who wasn't the hot chick.
TVGO: As a car lover, what do you think of Celine Dion becoming the spokeswoman for Chrysler?
Gray: She's going to be the spokesperson for Chrysler?
TVGO: I hear she's even going to write an original song for them.
Gray: Really? You know what? Anybody can make a crass comment about that, including me. But the fact is, Celine Dion writing a song for Chrysler will be huge. That is gigantic. People are enamored with her.
TVGO: Monday's Weakest Link will focus on tube trivia in honor of TV Guide's 50th Anniversary. Have you ever read my Entertainment News column on TV Guide Online?
Gray: I don't want to say that I curl up to it every night, but of course I have. I'm actually a huge TV Guide fan. It's a national institution.
TVGO: Thanks for the plug! Last question: What's the deal with that banking thing? I just don't get how it works.
Gray: Neither does anybody else. What is their friggin' problem? How do you think it works and then I'll tell you if you're right.
TVGO: I think it has something to do with, um, er...
Gray: It's a chain. You build a chain and every time you get a right answer, you add another link to that chain. Now, when either you get something wrong or you bank, you start...
TVGO: Maybe you should do away with it altogether.
Gray: No, that's part of the joy. We're not Jeopardy. [Weakest Link] is about being conniving and backstabbing and figuring out the proper way to make cash.
TVGO: Well, George thanks for being a good sport with our silly questions.
Gray: That's it? I was waiting for ones out of left field, like, 'When's the first time you kissed a man?' or some God-awful question like that!