Who was the original host of Mystery! when the program debuted in 1980?
The answer? Rather surprisingly, it’s Gene Shalit. Yes, the critic from the Today show. Sound an odd choice? Perhaps, but Shalit was the host of Mystery! during the anthology series’ first season 35 years ago. Vincent Price (the man I thought was the original host until I looked it up) became the second host and held that position until 1989 when Dame Diana Rigg took over. She fulfilled that role until 2004. The series went hostless for a few years but Alan Cumming became the current host when Mystery! was folded into the Masterpiece brand in 2008.