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Make Your Voice Heard By Demanding That Ben Bailey Host the New “Cash Cab” Show

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Former Cash Cab host Ben Bailey is asking Discovery channel for his old job back

In this highly politicized and polarized age, you probably find yourself implored daily to call your representative, sign an online protest, or even go to your nearest city hall or airport in order to protest the latest outrage. But with so much noise out there, it’s easy to wonder whether your voice is actually being heard.

So if you’re starting to grow jaded about the power of your own online “slacktivism,” perhaps you’ll be interested in this cause, which seems just obscure enough that your own mild engagement will maybe effect some actual change.

How can you be the difference you want to see in the world? By retweeting this tweet demanding the reinstatement of Ben Bailey as host of the mildly entertaining basic cable game show Cash Cab:


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For those who need a little background: Discovery channel is looking to bring back its old series Cash Cab, a game show in which random taxi passengers would be asked impromptu questions for the chance to unexpectedly win hundreds of dollars, or humiliate themselves on national television.

The show was hosted by Ben Bailey, a comedian and licensed taxi cab driver who would ask contestants questions as he drove them to their destination. Considering that Bailey received six Daytime Emmy nominations and three wins for his work behind the wheel, it would seem only natural for Discovery to bring him back for the new show.

Yet according to reports, Discovery is planning to use a team of guest hosts to perform the cab-driving/question-asking duties—a development which has rightly enraged Ben Bailey, along with nearly 10,000 Twitter users (so far) who have retweeted the host’s plea for his old job.

If Discovery were updating Cash Cab for a new generation as Bitcoin Uber, or something like that, then perhaps it might make sense to recruit a rotating cast of Millennial-friendly young’uns. However, this is not a reboot, but rather a revival, meaning replacing Bailey would be akin to bringing back Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with someone other than Regis Philbin. (And yes, I’m fully aware that four other people hosted that show after Regis—but I’ll bet you can’t name more than two of them, and that’s exactly my point!)


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So please follow our lead and retweet Bailey’s very reasonable request. This is one pet cause that could really use your support, as it currently has about 3,224,000 fewer supporters than some teenager’s quixotic campaign to get free Wendy’s chicken nuggets for a year.

  • Patrick GrieveContributor

    Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.