In 2000, 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' literally asked for more diversity
For some reason Regis Philbin doesn't come to mind when we think of diversity in television, but today that changes.
In a clip discovered by the great game show site BuzzerBlog, we see that in 2000, Mr. Philbin openly questioned why white males dominated the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" casting pool. I've seen most episodes of every existing game show, and I can't ever remember a plea quite like this.
It's worth noting that game shows in general have gotten a lot better with casting diverse contestants. Twenty-five years ago you'd routinely see three white male contestants on "Jeopardy!" or two white families on "Family Feud"; now that's almost never the case.
Also, less importantly: Damn, I miss Regis on primetime.