Get to know host Rich Eisen before The Great Escape premieres Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
How did you get involved with The Great Escape?
I’ve always been looking to be cooped up in unique, history-laden locations with people to whom I can give $100,000. It’s a dream come true.
You’re obviously a big sports fan- how does a competition show compare?
The competition aspect of it is somewhat similar, where everyone involved wants to win and beat their opponent to a nice chunk of cash. The only true dissimilar aspect is there is no live crowd either cheering or jeering the participants. That would be fun to see.
Do you have any advice to give to contestants? What kind of competitive personalities have you seen emerge from them?
My advice to contestants: be patient and try to think rationally. Most everyone involved in The Great Escape feels they have to go 1,000-miles-a-minute and, by doing so, frequently don’t realize that an easy clue or handy item that could help them escape is staring them right in the face. Also patience will help you avoid arguing with your teammate. That’s never a good thing. Although, it is fun to watch on TV.
What do you like to do when YOU want to make a great escape?
I like hanging with my two young kids, which, frequently, leads to an impossible situation from which I’d like to escape. If only that successful escape led to $100,000.
Have you always wanted to be in the entertainment industry?
Being a host for NFL Network for the last 9 years, I feel I’m directly in the middle of the entertainment world already, to be honest. The highest rated show on TV is frequently a football game and directly in the middle of the biggest football game of the year just happens to be a concert performed by some of the best singers. Nevertheless, I could not be more excited to be the tip of the spear for The Great Escape. Great times ahoy!