Bridgewater teacher put on probation and will compete on game show

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The tables have turned as Bridgewater-Raritan teacher Phillip Solomon will be put through his paces on FOX’s game show “You Bet Your Life” Tuesday night.

Solomon, a 7th grade language arts teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, will appear as a contestant on the reboot game show, originally from the 1940s, now hosted by Jay Leno.

“Honestly, it won’t feel real to me until the episode airs,” Solomon said.

Solomon will be paired with a complete stranger as they both work as a team to answer pop culture questions, revolving around a random theme.

“It was such a surreal experience going from being a teacher who is still in control to being a candidate, receiving questions. I really gained a new respect for my children, answering questions and being vulnerable in front of an audience. , “said Solomon.

Although Solomon cannot share how he fares on the show, he says “above all, I’m happy with the way I did and the experience as a whole.”

“The world has been heavy and there’s a lot to navigate, and I’ve had this great ‘carpe diem’ attitude towards life, at the end of this pandemic. What you see on TV is exactly what my students see every day in the classroom and my clients see in the gym, a millennial who is passionate, sincere, and just trying to make a difference in the world,” Solomon said.

Watch Solomon’s episode of FOX’s game show “You Bet Your Life” on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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