The Harting family, of Leitchfield, recently had the chance to “play the feud,” as they filmed two episodes of long-running game show, “Family Feud” this past summer.
The family—consisting of Leitchfield United Methodist Church Pastor David Harting, his wife, Brenda, and their three oldest children: Tyler, 23, Landon, 22, and Bethany, 18, all three of whom are now attending college—will compete on two upcoming episodes of “Family Feud” that will air on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 15 on WDRB.
Both episodes will air at 11:00 a.m. ET (first run) and 12:30 p.m. ET (second run) on their respective days.
David Harting said his family’s journey to compete on “Family Feud”—on which families of five try to guess what the “survey says”—began last winter when Bethany Harting, at the time a senior at Grayson County High School, saw on TV that “Family Feud” would hold auditions in Louisville.
Bethany Harting then filled out an application and submitted a video of her family, and the Hartings were later invited to Louisville to audition alongside about 2,000 other people, David Harting said.
“I really thought we weren’t going to make it,” Brenda Harting said. “We were so excited to be there, we acted like it was the real thing. We just thought it was fun.”
To their surprise, the family was called back to Louisville for a second interview, which was taped and sent to Los Angeles, CA for final review.
The Hartings were then flown to Atlanta, GA to film an episode.
Prior to filming their episode, the Leitchfield family was taken into the studio for a practice competition on the stage, but even still, there was a possibility that they might not get to compete.
They waited for two days while other families filmed their games before finally being called to compete on the afternoon of their third day in Atlanta.
However, Brenda Harting said that, while waiting, she and her family had the pleasure to get to know the other families also waiting for their chance to compete.
“They pick families who are kind,” she said. “We just met the nicest people from all over the United States.”
And not only are the families kind, but so are the members of the production team, according to the Hartings.
“They treated us like family,” said David Harting of the “Family Feud” production team. “They take care of anything you need the whole time you’re there.”
“[The Executive Producer] said, ‘We want you to go home with lots of money,’” Brenda Harting said.
Something most people wouldn’t expect is that the competing families do not actually meet “Family Feud” Host Steve Harvey until the show begins filming, and the host interviews each family for around 30 to 45 minutes on camera.
“He was so funny, so gracious,” Brenda Harting said of Harvey.
Harvey knows nothing about the contestants prior to the filming of the show, so whatever jokes he makes are entirely off-the-cuff, Brenda Harting said.
The Hartings didn’t experience any stage fright either, something that served them well in their episode tapings.
“I didn’t really notice the crowd,” said David Harting. “Steve Harvey keeps you so engaged…[The crew members] really try to put you at ease.”
Once a family has been selected to compete on the show, they cannot apply to be on the show again for another 10 years; however, a family can be called back, and, as luck would have it, the Hartings recently received a letter inviting them back to compete again next summer.
“We jumped up and down and screamed, we were so excited,” David Harting said.
The Hartings will return to film again sometime next summer, but in the meantime, the question on everyone’s mind is, “How much money did they win?”
“You’ll have to tune in to find out,” David Harting said.
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