Cheryl Hines' UCF clan wins 'Celebrity Family Feud'
The family of UCF professor Rebecca Hines and her Emmy-nominated sister Cheryl won $25,000 for charity on Sunday night's episode of ABC's Celebrity Family Feud.
The sisters and their family — mother Rosemary Harbolt and brothers Chris and Michael — battled against award-winning actress and comedian Niecy Nash and her family to win the Fast Money round.
The money will go to the family's favorite charity, United Cerebral Palsy, said Cheryl, a UCF alumna.
"Expect a lot of great answers, we really wanted to win for charity," Cheryl said before the episode aired.
UCP is a nonprofit organization that works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities. Her nephew was born with cerebral palsy, and the family has been active with the organization both locally and nationally since his birth, Rebecca said.
"I do a lot of work with them as a UCF partner," she added. "My brother teaches at their school, and Cheryl is on their national board."
The family was flown out to Los Angeles the day before they were set to film the episode and they all had a great time, Cheryl recalled.
"It was so fun. We had dinner the night before on Sunset Boulevard," she said. "It was exciting to see everyone in their makeup chairs talking strategy."
Although fun and light-hearted, the competition sure can get you.
During the first commercial break, Rebecca said the producers came up to her mother and told her that she needed to smile more for the cameras.
Rebecca said the family thought it was funny because, "If you knew my mother, you would know that she smiles all the time, so she must have been a little nervous."
And how was their host, Steve Harvey? The sisters had nothing but good things to say about the comedian.
"He's very fast on his feet and he's very funny," Rebecca said. "He made everyone feel very comfortable."
The 23-minute segment was cut down from 45 minutes of filming in front of a live studio audience.
The number of bodies in the studio combined with the heat emanating from the lights and the equipment turns up the temperature so much so that the producers told brothers Chris and Michael to try to keep from sweating through their clothes, Rebecca said.
"So when we walked out for a dress rehearsal, my brothers both walked out in white Hanes T-shirts onto the stage in front of the live studio audience," Rebecca recalled. "I'm sure a lot of people were wondering if the Hines were just the worst-dressed family ever in Family Feud history."
Amelia Truong is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Ameliatruong or email her at AmyT@CentralFloridaFuture.com.