Mandel almost said ‘no deal’ to game show

Canadian Howie Mandel almost said “no deal” to the now hugely successful game show he hosts, and audiences have his wife to thank for changing his mind.

Canada's Walk of Fame inductee Howie Mandel unveils his star in Toronto on Saturday.

TORONTO — Canadian Howie Mandel almost said “no deal” to the now hugely successful game show he hosts, and audiences have his wife to thank for changing his mind.

“I actually said no to that show,” Mandel, the host of “Deal Or No Deal” said before the 2009 Canada’s Walk of Fame ceremony Saturday.

“My wife, another bright comedian — Canadian, she’s not a comedian — told me to do it and that’s why I did it. I listened. She said, ‘Take the deal,’ and it’s the best advice I ever got.”

Mandel was among an eclectic cast of eight group and individual inductees this year to Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Actress Kim Cattrall, Musicians Blue Rodeo and Tom Cochrane, author Robert Munsch, Dsquared2 identical-twin fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten, athlete Chantal Petitclerc and the late actor Raymond Burr from TV’s “Perry Mason” were all honoured with stars.

Also receiving her award — more than a decade late — was Canadian icon Anne Murray, who said she couldn’t pass up an opportunity to host the event.

“I sort of felt obligated because they awarded me this in 1998 and I didn’t show up to pick it up,” Murray said. “It’s been 11 years, so I kind of owed them.”

Murray just completed writing her memoirs, which will be released at the end of October.

Mandel speculated that Canada “reproduces” — not produces — funny people because of the climate.

He’s found there are more laughs in colder rooms.

“If I had my druthers I never would have left (Canada),” he said.

“Any time they invite me back, I’m back. But this is the ultimate invitation.”

Cattrall, best known for the Sex and the City TV show and subsequent movie, said she was “deeply honoured” to be inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame this year.

The Little River, B.C., native said she doesn’t like being away from her beloved home country for too long.

“I miss my family, foremost,” Cattrall said. “I miss Nanaimo bars…I miss the beaches of the Pacific Northwest. I just miss the really high quality of life and I think there’s something about Canada, there’s a high level of respect and tolerance for each other.”

Established in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame recognizes achievements in music, sport, film and television as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, and science and innovation.

Just Posted

Red Deer to get new a plan to end homelessness as the problem persists

Despite some successes there’s ‘a long way to go,’ says manager

Canada ranks 16th on World Economic Forum’s annual gender gap list

TORONTO — Canada has landed the 16th spot in the World Economic… Continue reading

Steel, aluminum tariffs impacting one-third of Canadian exporters: poll

OTTAWA — More than one-third of Canadian exporters say they have been… Continue reading

Canada has fifth biggest AI workforce, but still lacks diversity: study

TORONTO — Canada has the globe’s fifth largest artificial intelligence workforce, but… Continue reading

Air passenger rights: Six things about what the Liberals are offering in draft rules

OTTAWA — The Liberals will publish the draft text of their long-promised… Continue reading

Canadian Marielle Thompson earns World Cup ski cross bronze in season opener

AROSA, Switzerland — Canada’s Marielle Thompson captured bronze at the opening World… Continue reading

Canada doesn’t make Oscars short list for best foreign language film

LOS ANGELES — Canada is no longer in the running for best… Continue reading

Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect

LONDON — A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an… Continue reading

Moneywise: Canadian workers unhappy with pay, want pension plans

Many working Canadians are feeling underpaid and are so worried about their… Continue reading

Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in

RIO DE JANEIRO — A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing… Continue reading

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

VANCOUVER — Nicola Froese says she has always loved playing sports, but… Continue reading

Canada’s Kim McRae finishes seventh at luge World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Canada’s Kim McRae finished in seventh place at… Continue reading

Jeff Bridges to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Globes

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Bridges may have once been considered as one… Continue reading

Most Read