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Piscataway Woman Wins on Game Show - How Much Did She Win?

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Winner! Alexandra Bernard-Simmons, of Piscataway and former Roselle resident - “The $100,000 Pyramid”   Credits: ABC/Lou Rocco  Credits: ABC/Lou Rocco
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Left to Right: Tony Hale, Michael Strahan, and Justin Long  Credits: ABC/Lou Rocco Credits: ABC/Lou Rocco
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PISCATAWAY/ROSELLE, NJ - If you watched "The $100,000 Pyramid” on ABC Television Network on Sunday evening, then you know that Alexandra Bernard-Simmons won some serious cash. If you didn’t see the show, then here is the scoop. 

There were two trips to the winners circle. In the first trip Bernard-Simmons won $50,000 and in the second trip to the circle she won $8,500 walking away with a grand total of $58,500.

Bernard-Simmons, a Piscataway resident formerly from Roselle told TAPinto that she plans to invest a good portion of her winnings back into her businesses that serve the tri-state area, The Evolution of Hip Hop, a performing arts program and Act Like a Lady Think Like a Boss, a women’s empowerment organization.

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“I would describe myself as a giver, and both of my businesses reflect my passion to help others and to make a difference where I can,” said Bernard-Simmons.

Bernard-Simmons also said that she had been on another show with host Alec Baldwin when the opportunity to compete on the Pyramid game show came up.

When asked about meeting Baldwin she said, “He’s really a great guy but he gets a bad rap.” From that show she was invited by the one of the casting directors to come to the Pyramid show. 

"The $100,000 Pyramid” show hosted by pro football Hall-of-Famer and celebrated TV personality, Michael Strahan is a word association game in which two celebrities and their partners face-off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners circle and take home $100,000.

According to Bernard-Simmons the show takes about 1 hour to tape and the best part for her was actually getting onto the main stage to play the game. While she has watched the show she said, “Getting on the stage and playing the game and playing it well is a little harder when you are in that seat and are actually on live TV.”

When asked what she thought about the host Michael Strahan she replied, “He is the nicest person ever. I love it when celebrities match their persona. I also loved that he kept calling me Diana Ross. He said that I looked like her. It was funny because that was the nickname that my grandfather gave me as a child. He was an absolute sweetheart.”

Bellamy Young (ABC’s “Scandal”) competed against comedian/musician Weird Al Yankovic in the first game, while in game two, actor Tony Hale (“Veep”) and actor Justin Long squared-off.  The other contestants joining the celebrity guests included Kyle Gelling of West Islip, New York, Rob Walstead of Minneapolis, MN, and Trent Brookshier of Upland, CA. 

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