Monty Hall To Seek Treatment For Famous Goat ‘Problem’
Los Angeles (AP) – Retired game show host Monty Hall has finally agreed that his decades-old problem involving at least two goats requires immediate treatment, and he will enter a facility to help him overcome the problem within the next week. Hall’s admission and resolve to combat the problem follows many years of open discussion by others, even in public forums such as scientific journals and reader-submission-driven magazine columns.
The longtime host of the original Let’s Make a Deal, 92, admitted to reporters on Thursday that the problem has never gone away, and that in some instances it has involved at many as a million goats, though he was quick to point out that the high numbers of animals were not typical, and that his problem generally featured only two goats and a car.
As early as 1975, Hall’s problem with goats was already being discussed in the journal American Statistician. It gained even more prominence when other celebrities took up the subject in an attempt to help encourage Hall to feel less shame about it. Most notably, Marilyn Vos Savant’s weekly feature in Parade magazine explored Monty Hall’s problem and possible resolutions at length in 1991.
Vos Savant was the first to illustrate the scope of Hall’s problem by describing the involvement of as many as one million animals in a single incident. It was perhaps that revelation that opened the door to bringing Hall himself into the discussion. In an interview with New York Times reporter John Tierney that same year, Hall specifically denied the relevance of all that discussion, as he had complete control over the circumstances, and the proposed “solutions” to his nonexistent “problem” served no purpose.
Hall hosted Let’s Make a Deal on two different networks between 1963 and 1976. It was his longest-running and best-known work in television. After publication of the 1975 article making the “Monty Hall Problem” widely known, the host never again managed to find success nearly as easily. Although the series was revived with other hosts several times, and Hall’s original episodes syndicated into the 1980’s, the former start found himself unable to pursue other efforts with the same positive results. In recent years he has reprised his role in movies and TV shows, playing himself, demonstrating that he had learned to live with his problem.
With the new admission, Hall becomes only the second Canadian-born game show host to have his signature on-screen- association become fodder for this much public discussion. The other, Alex Trebek, has been repeatedly told that in his current path he will put his career in jeopardy.