That’s probably because (spoiler alert!) Maitland isn’t a real person. He’s, in fact, a fictional character being played by an actor believed to be Mike Myers. Though no one at ABC will confirm the Myers-as-Maitland theory, it’s hard to deny it when you look at the side-by-side photo above.
In a statement released by ABC, Maitland had only this to say about his new gig: “When [executive producer] Will Arnett came to me and asked me to host The Gong Show, I said, ‘I’m honoured at the request, but I’m retired.’ Then he told me how much I was being paid, in U.S. dollars, and I said, ‘I’m still honoured, but no longer retired.'”
(Side note: ABC is really going all-in on this Maitland joke. In addition to giving the “cheeky Brit” a colorful backstory, the network has even gifted him his own Twitter account. It’s not verified… yet.)
The Gong Show premieres Thursday, June 22 at 10/9c. Will you tune in to see if Maitland is, in fact, Myers? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.