Omaha woman appears today on 'Let's Make a Deal'

Ida Johnson


Ida Johnson, dressed as an African queen, couldn't walk regally to the stage.

“I was just too excited. My heart just kind of ... I don't know if I've been that excited before. It was an experience,” she said.

She had just been called to the stage of “Let's Make a Deal,” the TV game show filmed in Hollywood, on Sept. 27.

You can watch her at 2 p.m. today when Johnson's episode airs on KMTV in the Omaha area.

“I went to California because I have family out there,” said the 57-year-old.

Johnson's sister in Los Angeles, Margaret O'Neill, lined up activities for family members and television shows were on the list.

O'Neill and Johnson both dressed as African queens for “Let's Make a Deal,” but only Johnson's name was called.

“It was really a lot of fun,” she said.

“It was a joy to meet (show host) Wayne Brady. He was really nice. He's a fit, little guy. He was very, very, very pleasant,” said Johnson, who could not talk about how she did on the show.

The whole process of being on the game show takes most of a day, said the longtime north Omahan.

Potential participants have to show up 90 minutes before taping begins, then they talk a little about themselves and wait a long time before the show tapes, she said. There was one retake of contestants, too, she said.

“Let's Make a Deal” wasn't Johnson's only television experience on this vacation. She was in the audience for an episode of “The Jeff Probst Show,” a syndicated talk show.

Johnson and other family members also became “Team O” for “The Price Is Right.”

They made costumes from lime green T-shirts and black tape. Johnson, O'Neill, their brother Tom Coleman of Los Angeles, O'Neill's husband, Lloyd, and a church friend of the couple used black tape to spell “Team O” for Omaha on each of their shirts.

Only Lloyd O'Neill was called to the stage. That episode aired in December.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1165, sue.truax@owh.com

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