Hutchinson brothers going back to ‘Feud’
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 1:04 p.m.
The Hutchinson brothers will be going back to "Family Feud," this time to compete in the "Big Money Tournament," which will have a jackpot worth $160,000.
The brothers — Jay, 34; Kinnzon, 32; Brent, 27; Kessler, 25 and Kyler, 20 — will battle the Rios family of Chicago on the 4 p.m. Jan. 1 showing of Feud, which is broadcast on Channel 13 on Cox, 051 on Direct TV and 51 on the Dish Network.
The tournament will be shown beginning Monday through Jan. 8, but it was taped in June in Atlanta. The $160,000 jackpot will go to the family who wins the overall tournament.
The brothers are the sons of Rufus Hutchinson III and Pearl Hutchinson, who live in northeast Gainesville near the PASSAGE Family Church East Campus.
Brent Hutchinson, the spokesman for the brothers, said he and his brothers were one of eight families chosen from a field of 250 who had been on the show and lost since comedian Steve Harvey became host of the popular game show in 2010.
"Steve Harvey actually selected us himself to be in the tournament," said Hutchinson.
Courtney Smith, a Los Angeles-based publicist for the show, said the families selected were families that "stuck out" and had great personalities.
Hutchinson, who served as the team captain during the tournament, said Harvey told the brothers they stood out because they were a group of "tall, handsome" men with "great manners."
Hutchinson said they were on the show for the first time in July 2010, when it was being taped in Orlando. He said this time, his wife, Shay Hutchinson of Gainesville, gave birth to their daughter on June 9, the day he and his brothers taped their appearance for the tournament.
"My wife was in labor while we were taping the show," he said.
Hutchinson said he could not disclose the outcome of the tournament, but he did say the brothers had individual plans for what they would do with their share of the jackpot — $32,000 each — if they won.
Hutchinson, a counselor with the Florida Department of Corrections and owner of his own computer repair company in Gainesville, said he would invest his money into his company.
He said his brother, Jay, who lives in Orlando, would invest the money into his business, iBottom Line Bookkeeping & Accounting LLC, and Kinnzon, a GRU energy technician who lives in Orange Heights, would use the money to finish building his home.
For brother, Kessler, a teacher at Rawlings Elementary School who is getting married, he would use the money to help start his new family. Kyler, a student at Santa Fe College, would use the money for his education.
Hutchinson said he and his brothers, like the other families, found out in May they were going to be on the show and only had a month to prepare for the taping.
"We just went over a lot of questions to sharpen our responses," he said.