Gabe Kaplan to A.J. Benza: You Don’t Belong On This Show

LaddGabe Kaplan, the poker player most famous for captaining ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars team throughout the late ’70s, which included groovy hot ladies like Kristy McNichol, Suzanne Somers, Cheryl Tiegs and the Official Wicked Chops Poker Girl of 1978, Cheryl Ladd (at right), can be kind of a dick as co-host of GSN’s “High Stakes Poker.”

During last week’s season finale, Kaplan’s HSP sidekick A.J. Benza, a man who doesn’t know crap about poker, was once again upset with Kaplan’s constant ribbing of him, complaining on air to Kaplan, “You can’t be nice? We’re this close to being over for the season.”

Kaplan replied, or maybe he retorted, we’re not sure, “Let me say what I feel honestly, … I don’t think you know anything about poker. I don’t think you belong on this show.”

TVWeek.com reports however that “the hostility is somewhat disingenuous,” quoting GSN prez Rich Cronin as saying, “Gabe brings his successful professional poker-playing experience and background as a comedian to ‘High Stakes Poker.’ Along with his co-host, A.J. Benza, they mirror the good-natured ribbing that occurs between the players on the telecasts.”

“High Stakes Poker” will return for its fourth season this year, with filming getting underway this May at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.

 

2 Responses

  1. AJ Benza

    December 21, 2007 3:51 am, Reply

    fOR gOD’S SAKE, DUDE. WHAT ME AND GABE DO IS SCHTICK. IT’S ALL FAKE. HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THAT? ARE WE THAT GOOD AT ACTING?

  2. Gwen Sturdivant

    May 24, 2010 8:41 am, Reply

    but you didnt come back. show is very dry without your comments. its missing reparte!

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