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Anyone who watched Legends of the Hidden Temple with their kids or when they were growing up should know the popular game show was both difficult and fraught with dangers. One of those dangers were the temple guards, who would pop up to scare the crap out of the contestants on a semi-frequent basis. In a recent interview, host Kirk Fogg revealed that one contestant was scared to the point she got upset and then sick, leading to the grossest Legends of the Hidden Temple moment he can remember. Here’s what happened:
This poor girl got really super upset in the middle of the run and she threw up. And unfortunately she threw up in the pit of despair.
Those who are Legends of the Hidden Temple aficionados probably remember the Pit of Despair, which was one of the various rooms contestants would have to face obstacles in in order to compete to win the game show. If you are going to have a meltdown and freak out to the point of vomiting while filming a TV series, I suppose the Pit of Despair would be the place to do it. But the reason it’s so memorable and gross that she threw up there is that the Pit of Despair looked like this:
While the Pit of Despair changed over time and eventually became the Pit of the Pendulum, when it was the Pit of Despair, it was often filled with balls. Ball pits are frequently gross, but I especially would not have wanted to be on the clean-up team the day that episode was filmed. Unfortunately, the Nickelodeon producers ultimately opted not to air the girl’s run, so we only have Kirk Fogg’s word to confirm the girl threw up in a fit of despair. (See what I did there?)
In the Great Big Story interview, Kirk Fogg reveals that some of the writers actually got a bit of a thrill out of dressing up as the temple guards on occasion so that they could scare the kids on the show. I guess you get your kicks where you can.
We may never get to see the ickiest moment in Legends of the Hidden Temple, but if you are still a kid at heart, Nickelodeon announced a brand new block of programming called The Splat a few months ago that features a ton of repeats of nineties favorites, including Legends of the Hidden Temple. And if the goofy game show isn’t your thing but animation is, other programs like Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, CatDog and more are also available from 10 p.m.- 6 a.m. during the week.
If you aren’t feeling like reliving your youth again, here’s when the rest of your favorites are returning to the TV schedule this winter.