In 1980, civil rights activist Rosa Parks participated in the game show To Tell The Truth. Rosa Parks! Rosa Parks, along with two impostors, answered questions from celebrity panelists, Nipsey Russell, Gordon Jump, Kitty Carlisle and Tiiu Leek, until time ran out and they were forced to guess who they believed was the real Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks! The Rosa Parks!
To Tell The Truth is back, and in 2016 it features other important historical figures. Like one of Taylor Swift's high school boyfriends! And the woman who forever changed the way we poop!
Yes, 36 years later, Suzy Batiz, the creator and CEO of Addison-based Poo~Pourri, a deodorizing product that users spray into the toilet bowl before they go, appeared on the ABC game show Tuesday night. She says she was asked to be on To Tell The Truth and filmed the game show about one year ago.
From there, she went to L.A. and spent two days teaching the two impostors everything about her and her company.
Even though the day of filming lasted about eight hours for Batiz, she was only on the show for a few minutes. During her quick segment last night, celebrity panelists Betty White, NeNe Leakes, Jalen Rose and Yvette Nicole Brown asked such questions as, "Who came up with the name?" and "Do you have a background in chemistry?"
Batiz and the two impostors answered all the questions as truthfully as possible. Finally host Anthony Anderson asked the panelists to guess who they believed was the real deal. Rose and White chose correctly, while Leakes and Brown did not.
"Number one, you look like money," Leakes said before making her choice on who could be the multi-million dollar business owner. Batiz told us that Leakes also directed a "because you don't look like you have money" toward Batiz, but that was cut out.
"I was laughing so much," Batiz says. "It was really kind of funny."
Batiz tells us she hosted a viewing party in her home to watch the episode with about 80 family members and friends. Poo~Pourri is still going strong despite its recent lawsuit against V.I.Poo for copying Poo~Pourri's marketing approach. Batiz says everything is going well with the suit.
"It's going really well. I'm totally pleased. I feel really happy with the progress we're making," she says.
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