Some ‘Cash Cab’ Contestants Get Picked Ahead of Time, Here’s How It’s Done

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Sorry to remove among the TV magic however not all contestants on Cash Cab simply occur upon the sport present on wheels. 

Ben Bailey, a comic and licensed cab driver who hosts this system, is understood for greeting passengers in a faux accent as they climb into the cab. Once they’ve sat down and given Bailey their vacation spot, he activates lights to rival a disco and tells the passengers they’re actually on a recreation present. 

As viewers of the present already know, reactions fluctuate. They can vary from detached all the way in which to excited. Above all, most contestants seem shocked they occurred to hail a cab that turned out to be the setting of a recreation present. That’s what makes it laborious to imagine some individuals on Cash Cab are chosen forward of time. 

‘Cash Cab’ initially premiered in 2005

When Cash Cab initially debuted in Dec. 2005 on the Discovery Channel, audiences couldn’t get sufficient of the sport present’s distinctive setting at the back of a New York  City taxi. The program turned a giant hit, incomes quite a few accolades together with 5 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Contestants say they first took a quiz for a fictional present

Contestants have shared their first-person accounts of what occurred after they took a trip within the Cash Cab on Yelp, in line with Mental Floss. While the present makes it seem as if contestants are picked at random off the streets of New York City, some individuals who went on the present say they’d truly been prescreened albeit in a sly means. 

According to earlier contestants, members of Cash Cab’s manufacturing group would come as much as individuals on the road and say they labored for a fictional present, Show Me New York, that concerned individuals speaking about their favourite New York City landmarks.

The employees would then hand out a quiz for potential contestants to take. If they scored excessive sufficient, contestants could be directed to a particular location to be on the faux present. From there, they’d hop within the money cab the place Bailey would inform them they have been actually on a recreation present.  

Contestants on 'Cash Cab'
Contestants on ‘Cash Cab’ | Kathy Boos/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

Two individuals who have been on Cash Cab shared they have been scouted by the present’s staffers at Union Square Park, so for individuals who dream about taking a trip within the money cab, plan on spending plenty of time there. 

‘Cash Cab’ went off the air after 11 seasons earlier than returning in 2017

From 2005 to 2012, Bailey hosted this system. For 11 seasons he examined contestants’ information till Cash Cab went off the air. But because of reruns, the present remained in style, even selecting up extra followers. 

Due to its reputation, Cash Cab returned in 2017 after a five-year hiatus. Upon its return, Cash Cab had an up to date algorithm — they added social media shoutouts — and featured appearances from celebrities who would trip together with contestants and attempt to assist them reply questions. 

According to the present’s Instagram account, Cash Cab is ready to premiere extra new episodes in 2020 though a precise launch date hasn’t been introduced. The catch is that Cash Cab will probably be on Bravo, not this system’s unique house of the Discovery Channel. In the meantime, reruns nonetheless air on Bravo, the Discovery Channel, and the Game Show Network.

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