March 21 not only marks the beginning of spring, it’s also a new season for The American Bible Challenge. Don’t miss this season’s all-new teams and Bible-related questions, all for a great cause. And speaking of questions, we had some for the one and only Jeff Foxworthy, who hosts the show. The new season of The American Bible Challenge starts Thursday, March 21 at 9/8c on GSN (Ch. 233).
This is a purely altruistic show, which is something we don’t see very often. What has been the response so far?
Jeff Foxworthy: In fact, it is the only altruistic game show I have ever heard of and anytime you do anything creative like a book, CD or show, you expect some type of negative backlash. Honestly, with this show the response has been nothing but positive, not only with the secular community, but within the faith community as well.
How has your background in comedy helped you as a host?
JF: Because it is a competition and there is a lot of tension amongst the teams wanting to do well, so I think being able to bring levity to it helps relax the contestants and makes it more fun for the viewing audience. I do believe humor is one of the attributes of God and as long as we do it respectfully, I think it works great on the show.
Do you ever get fan mail? What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve gotten?
JF: I have gotten fan mail for 25 years and probably the most bizarre thing I received was a toilet seat someone wanted me to autograph– and it wasn’t new. I think they were going to use it as a picture frame. That is not even you might be a redneck, that is you ARE a redneck.
If you could play and won in The American Bible Challenge, which cause would you support and why?
JF: I support a lot of charities, but if I won on The American Bible Challenge, I would give the money to the Atlanta Mission. It is a place in downtown Atlanta for homeless people in recovery and I have been working there for years.
What’s your favorite TV show of all time?
JF: The Andy Griffith Show
Q: What’s the most important lesson you have learned from the Bible?
JF: That it is our ego that almost always gets us into trouble. The message really is: it is not about our goodness, it is about God’s goodness.
Watch The American Bible Challenge, Thursdays at 9 p.m. on GSN (Ch. 233).