Who Pays? was a short-lived primetime game show where a celebrity panel tried to guess the identity of a public figure or celebrity guest by questioning some of their employees.
NBC Primetime: 7/2/1959 – 9/24/1959
Lester Lewis Productions
A celebrity panel attempted to guess the identity of a public figure or celebrity guest by questioning some of the employees. Each member of the panel was given one minute to ask questions of the employees. At the end of the questioning, the panel could try to guess who the employer was or question the employees again for a second time. If the panel wished to guess after one round of questioning and guessed correctly, the employees received $100. However, if the employees stumped the panel they won $200. If the questioning went to a second round, then the stakes were doubled.
NBC Studio 6B, New York City, NY
- This was the last game show Mike Wallace emceed in his ten-year career as a game show host. In 1961 he became narrator on Biography and in 1963, he joined CBS News where he was one of the original hosts of the long-running news program 60 Minutes when it originally premiered in September 1968.
- During the 1960s, future game show announcer Gene Wood was a writer on Who Pays? Prior to this, Wood also did some writing for Captain Kangaroo. Also, he didn't begin his game show announcing career on a regular basis until 1969, when he was heard on Beat the Clock.