The man many give credit for engineering the concept of reality TV is gone.
Sadly, the former host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” Robin Leach, passed away on Thursday night at the age of 76.
While the world came to know him through his TV show, Leach had a very respectable career as a serious journalist before Lifestyles.
At the very young age of 18, Leach was reporting for the Daily Mail.
In 1963, he took his talents to the United States, where he wrote for several publications.
The most notable of these were the New York Daily News, and People Magazine.
Move to TV
The transition from print media to television was a rather easy one for Leach.
He started out doing segments for AM Los Angeles, which also featured Regis Philbin at the time.
Leach was also seen on CNN and Entertainment Tonight.
His initial success eventually led to Leach being the host of Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous.
Each week, Leach took viewers inside the homes of stars to let America see how they lived.
The TV show became widely popular and enjoyed more than a 10-year run on network TV.
The show was a precursor to many reality TV shows littered across networks today.
Return to Print
After Lifestyles was put to bed, Leach ended up moving to Las Vegas in 1999.
His life would turn full circle, as he would once again return to print journalism.
While still reporting on celebrities, he did so for both the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Leach is survived by three sons.