A recent contestant story about a civvie named Logan Kimberly makes this uncomfortable point. Logan wants to be nice to all concerned because he did win a fair amount of money on ABC's 100K Pyramid. But he still can't help noting that one of the celebs on his ep, Daymond John, was a lot better at the game than the other one, Barbara Corcoran. (Both celebs hail from Shark Tank, for those who don't know.) Logan puts it this way.
When people tell me about how they felt Barbara did when she was my partner I usually just laugh and say "Well, at least I got her to say the f-word on national TV." Both celebrities were nice to work with, and though Daymond was definitely the better player, Barbara was a little more talkative/cordial in between takes.Maybe we have to give celebs brownie points for being talkative and cordial. Even if they're not the best Pyramid players. It's a tough format, after all.