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Doing just what it said on the tin, celebrity reporter and British expat Robin Leach took viewers into the glamorous homes of rich and famous people. He invariably interspersed his gushing commentary with frequent sprinklings of the words “elegant”, “glamorous”, “luxurious”, “exclusive” and “fantastic”.
Leach’s guided tours – with the famous owners usually in attendance – became so popular with viewers who wanted to see how the other half lived that two spin-off series followed, also hosted by Leach – Fame, Fortune and Romance and Runaway With The Rich and Famous.
In 1994, Leach costarred with Shari Belafonte as hosts of a new syndicated version of the original show, with its title changed to Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte.
Belafonte left the show after one season, and in 1995 the show was retitled again to Lifestyles.