He hosted the messiest show on TV, but behind the scenes Marc Summers was not a fan of all that slime.
The TV host is talking openly about his long and strange career as a new documentary about his life is released, and while he tours the country performing a one-man show about his ups and downs in show business.
He also gives fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the chaos of Nickelodeon's Double Dare, including an explanation for why the show's slime was made from pudding and apple sauce. "The insurance company made us guarantee if any of this got in the kids’ mouths it was edible," he explained. "And it tasted good, and it smelled great."
Summers, who suffered from an intense case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, reveals that whenever he was hit with Double Dare's iconic slime, he would tear off his clothes the moment the cameras were off. At home, he spent hours cleaning every inch of his house, endlessly folding and re-folding his clothes.
Summers says that he would even crawl on the floor to straighten the fringe on his rug, and would read the label on every item in a grocery store aisle.
The TV host was living with OCD while "most people weren’t aware what OCD was." In fact, the first time Summers heard of the disorder was when he was diagnosed on an episode of his own talk show in the '90s. Despite how nerve-wracking the Double Dare set was for him, Summers says, "It was such good TV I didn't care."
But the host reveals TV producers weren't so understanding about his condition. The stigma surrounding his diagnosis hurt Summers's career, including his shot at hosting Hollywood Squares.
That's part of why Summers says he still thinks of himself as "a player on AAA baseball and never quite making the big leagues.”
Sadly, even after overcoming his OCD, Summers faced more setbacks, including two close calls that nearly killed him.