The $100,000 Pyramid 2016
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The $100,000 Pyramid Turn Around
ABC Primetime, June 26, 2016-present
Run time
60 minutes
Michael Strahan
Brad Abelle
ABC Studios, New York City

This is chronicling the 2016 ABC version of The $100,000 Pyramid, produced by Sony Pictures Television along with SMAC Productions.

Game FormatEdit

Main GameEdit

The game is played with two teams of two players (consisting of one celebrity & one contestant) in a game of word communication. Each game starts with the introduction of six categories arranged in a pyramid. In the main game, a category's position on the pyramid was not an indicator of its difficulty. The categories were usually puns hinting to the content within that subject.

Each team in turn chose a category, and then a subject under that category was given. Each subject has seven words/phrases/names. The team had 30 seconds to guess the seven answers that fit into the category. One player described each item while the other player tried to guess what the words are. Each correct word was worth one point. When a word was passed, it cannot be returned to, but if the guesser can guess the word already passed, the team still scored. If at any time the clue giver gave away any part of the answer or conveyed the essence of the answer, a cuckoo sounded and the word was thrown out.

Each team had three turns with the celebrities giving first in round one, the contestants giving in round two, and in round three they decided amongst themselves on who's giving and who's receiving.

Special BonusEdit

  • Mystery 7 - The team that found the Mystery 7 had a chance to win a special prize. It's called the Mystery 7 because the category was not told until after it was done. This year, the team will have 30 seconds to get all seven words.

The team with the most points won the game. In case of a tie, the team with the fastest total time wins.

Winner's CircleEdit

The giver of the winning team faced a larger pyramid board of six subjects with the guesser having his/her back to the board. The winning team had 60 seconds to climb up to the top of the pyramid by getting all six. On each subject, the giver gave a list of items that fit the subject while the guesser tried to guess what they all have in common. As soon as the guesser gets the right subject or passed, they moved on to the next subject to the right. Upon a pass, the team can come back to it if there's time leftover though the guesser can still get the subject without going back to it. If at any time the giver gave an illegal clue (giving away part of the answer, conveying the essence of the answer, descriptions of the category, prepositional phrase or a synonym) a buzzer would sound, the subject was re-concealed and the team forfeited the chance at the big money. The giver was discouraged from using his/her hands which is why they were strapped into the chair. Even though the big money was forfeited, the team can still go for the other subjects, because when time ran out, the contestant still won money attached to the subjects guessed; of course, getting all six in 60 seconds without illegal clues won the grand cash prize.


The first trip will be worth $50,000, and the second trip will be worth $100,000 for a grand total of $150,000.

The Barack/Osama IncidentEdit

On August 12, 2018 a contestant named Evan Kaufman who teamed up with former Saturday Night Live (SNL for short) cast member Tim Meadows as he made the mistake of mixing up former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden with former President Barack Obama in the Winner's Circle[1].

Prior to the episode, Kaufman has noted to Strahan that he and his wife were "very tired" as new parents.

As Kaufman's round began, starting with the easiest topics at the bottom of the pyramid, the hint in the question was "People Whose Last Name is Obama". Instead of citing the former President or his wife, Michelle, Kaufman first said "bin Laden", before offering the name Barack after a pause. Meadows quickly offered the correct answer after Kaufman provided the former president's first name.

Kaufman's flub was mocked on Twitter by viewers of the episode. On Monday, Kaufman posted a series of tweets about the incident. "So. this is me below. Racist $100,000 Pyramid guy. Let me tell you a story about perhaps the most embarrassing moment of my life. #KillMe", Kaufman captioned a video of his flub.

"I was on $100,000 Pyramid", Kaufman continued. "I'm playing with Tim Meadows, one of my heroes from SNL. My son had been born two weeks prior. I am very tired but excited to win money for my family. We play up the whole tired Dad thing".

He went on to explain how the producers of the show told him to "read the questions carefully" in the final round (Winner's Circle) and then "The first square flips. I breathe. I read "People Whose Last Name is Obama' I freeze. There's only one BARACK OBAMA. The man I would have voted for three times*! (*H/T Jordan Peele)."

He continued in subsequent tweets: "Here's what my brain decided. Who is associated with Obama? Who did he kill? What sounds like Obama!... And so you have this perfectly viral clip. A clip that is insanely funny. It would be so funny if it wasn't me".

"I leave knowing that my day of reckoning is coming. Maybe they can cut it out? They can''s timed", Kaufman tweeted in conclusion "I leave with $8,500...and the story of the worst pyramid guess of all-time".

  1. '$100,000 Pyramid' Contestant Confuses Barack Obama with Osama bin Laden in On-Air Flub


See also: The $100,000 Pyramid (2016)/Episode Guide


This will be the second version of Pyramid in history to be aired in Primetime on ABC, the first was the All-Star Junior Pyramid special, hosted by the late Dick Clark in 1979.

In this version, host Strahan opens every episode by introducing the celebrity guests, each of whom then introduces to his or her partner/contestant by their first names only.

The most significant changes for this version is that there is no "tournament structure" along with no "7-11" and "21/21 situation" where the first person to break the tie wins $5,000 and the "tiebreaker" with words beginning with the letter (insert letter) or the letter (insert letter).

This version is paired up with the second season of Celebrity Family Feud (hosted by Steve Harvey) along with the reboot of Match Game (hosted by Alec Baldwin) as part of a summer Primetime block called "Sunday Fun & Games" in 2016.

On June 11, 2017, the show moved to 10/9 central in order to be paired up with the new reality competition series Steve Harvey's Funderdome along with the 3rd season of Celebrity Family Feud (as of which both are hosted by Steve Harvey).

On June 10, 2018, the show moved back to its regular 9:00pm ET timeslot pairing up with the 4th season of Celebrity Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey, it was also paired up with the 3rd season of To Tell the Truth hosted by Anthony Anderson.



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See AlsoEdit

The $10,000 Pyramid
The $20,000 Pyramid
The $25,000 Pyramid
The $25,000 Pyramid (1982)
The $25,000 Pyramid (2010)
The $50,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid (1991)
The $100,000 Pyramid (2000)
The $500,000 Pyramid
The $1,000,000 Pyramid (2000)
The $1,000,000 Pyramid (2009)
Pyramid (1996)
Pyramid (1997)
Pyramid (2002)
The Pyramid (2012)
Pyramid Rocks
The Junior Pyramid
Junior Partner Pyramid
All-Star Junior Pyramid


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