Merv Griffin

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Seacrest Media Empire Still Expanding

'American Idol' host runs 6 companies and wants to 'try everything'

(Newser) - Ryan Seacrest has a mission, and he’s proud to admit it: He aims to be the Dick Clark, Merv Griffin, and Larry King of his generation. Since childhood, the "American Idol" host has plotted every step to get closer to his goal, writes Tom Shales in the Washington ... More »

Merv: Gay and Closeted to the End

Columnist wonders why talk show host kept 'open secret'

(Newser) - Merv Griffin, the television producer who died last week of prostate cancer, has been outed as a closeted gay man by a Hollywood Reporter columnist who was a former colleague. Griffin was married for 18 years and had a son, but his homosexuality was widely known in Los Angeles circles,... More »

Merv Griffin Dies at 82

The founder of 'Jeopardy!' passes

(Newser) - Merv Griffin, a TV impresario who found success both in front of and behind the camera, died of prostate cancer this morning at 82. Griffin is perhaps best known for creating "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune," two of television's most successful and iconic game shows. A... More »

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