Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Pro basketball team owner to become reality TV host



Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will give away $1 million of his own money this summer as the host of an ABC reality series called The Benefactor.

"Why has he agreed to give away such a large sum of money? Simply because he can and because he can't wait to devise the means through which applicants must prove to him that they deserve the money," ABC said Tuesday.

About 30 contestants will compete on the series for the billionaire's cash. Show details remain to be worked out, the Dallas Morning News reported.

In a statement released to the newspaper, Cuban said the show won't be a traditional contest.

"You don't need special talents," he said. "I'm not looking to find out who is the grossest, funniest, prettiest, smartest or able to go without food or water the longest. The right person is going to get on my good side at the right time, and whoever that is, is going to walk away with a check from me for $1 million," he said.




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