Mike Richards (‘The Price Is Right,’ ‘Let’s Make a Deal’) on competing with himself at Daytime Emmys [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“It’s very me, if you know me, to have a win also be a loss,” declares executive producer Mike Richards about an unusual circumstance he has faced at the Daytime Emmys. He is responsible for both “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal,” and both shows are nominated for Best Game Show at the upcoming ceremony on May 5. Competing with himself also happened last year, with “Price” taking home the prize.

Even though Richards loved triumphing along with his “Price ” team in 2018, the evening wasn’t a total loss for “Deal.” Wayne Brady won his first Daytime Emmy for that show as Best Game Show Host in his decade on the long-running program (to go along with 3 prior daytime trophies and one in prime-time).

Of that victory Richards says, “It’s crazy to me. He is so good on the show that sometimes it’s easy to take for granted how difficult that show is and how amazing he is at it. It’s a beast… and he was very deserving.” The other odd thing in Emmys lore about “Deal” is that it has never won the program prize despite a long tenure hosted by Monty Hall and the past decade by Brady.

The first time “Price” won the Daytime Emmy under Richards and host Drew Carey was in 2013. He recalls, “I don’t think my feet ever hit the ground. It turns out we watched the tape, and I got made fun of. I ran up to the stage to start the acceptance speech. It was surreal and I don’t remember much it. It was that impactful and exciting for me and the entire group.”

Both CBS programs face off at the 2019 event for Best Game Show against “Family Feud,” “Jeopardy” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.”

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