Drew Carey is the new host of The Price Is Right

07-24-2007, 09:08 AM

'Price is Right' for Drew Carey

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer Yesterday at 4:35 pm
Genial comic Drew Carey was tapped Monday to replace silver-haired legend Bob Barker on the CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right." The deal was set Monday afternoon shortly before a taping of CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman, where he confirmed it.

"I realize what a big responsibility this is," he said. "It's only a game show, but it's the longest-running game show in American television and I plan to keep it that way."

The selection attracted more attention than usual for a daytime show because of the prospect of replacing Barker, 83. Barker retired after 35 years in the job last month following taping of his 6,586th episode.

The opening attracted widespread interest, including from comic Rosie O'Donnell after she left "The View."

Carey, 49, spent a decade on his own ABC sitcom and also was host of the improvisational game show "Whose Line is It Anyway?"

He will also be host of a new CBS prime-time game show, "The Power of 10," that will air first next month. He told The Associated Press on Monday that CBS officials first contacted him about "The Price is Right" immediately after he completed a pilot of the other game show this spring.

"My agent called me and said `I was talking to CBS casting today' and in my head I was thinking, `Oh, `CSI' guest star?' And he said what would you think about replacing Bob Barker on `The Price is Right?'"

Asked if he found the prospect of replacing such a TV legend daunting, Carey recalled talking to a friend who knows the game show business who told him, "as long as Bob Barker is cool with it, the fans will be cool with it."

"I'm cool with it," Barker said after hearing Carey's remarks.

Barker said he's not familiar enough with Carey's past performances to offer an opinion on his selection. But, he said, "I understand he ad-libs very well and that he has a very nice, friendly way of working, and I think both of those would be helpful to him on`The Price Is Right.'"

His advice for Carey: "Go out there and do that show the way you think it should be done. Don't imitate me and don't imitate anyone else."

While Carey said doesn't know Barker personally, the younger comedian said he was comfortable that his predecessor would be accepting when he took on the job.

The negotiation process was nerve-racking. While he was talking with CBS about the job, Carey said he got a call from another lawyer in Hollywood who told him one of his clients was offered "The Price is Right" job.

He figured CBS had lined up back-ups if the first choice did not come through.

"If I was going after a second baseman, I wouldn't just talk to one second baseman," the Cleveland Indians fan said. "If I were the general manager, I would be talking to a few second basemen."

I liked his TV show but I don't know how good he'll be as the new host. No one can really replace Bob I guess.:sad:

El Legenda
07-24-2007, 03:11 PM
Vamos! Carey is a big LA Galaxy fan :lol:

07-24-2007, 04:16 PM
i miss old school price is right. where they played plinko more. plinko's the shit.

07-25-2007, 01:11 AM
This man loves his soccer/football.

07-25-2007, 02:29 AM
Worst choice ever. :o

El Legenda
07-25-2007, 02:32 AM
Worst choice ever. :o

bad man in a little coat, cant miss :D

07-25-2007, 08:10 AM
Worst choice ever. :o

Do you think Rosie or that Newton guy would be any better? They were also candidates for the job.

07-26-2007, 03:09 AM
If they had chosen Rosie, that would have been the worst choice ever as well. Who is "that Newton guy"?

I was hoping they would choose someone who was serious and respected, not some wannabe clown.

07-26-2007, 03:22 AM
If they had chosen Rosie, that would have been the worst choice ever as well. Who is "that Newton guy"?

I was hoping they would choose someone who was serious and respected, not some wannabe clown.

Todd Newton?:shrug: I never heard of him before he was brought up as a possible host for the show.

Just wondering, who would you have liked to see as the host?

07-26-2007, 03:34 AM
Someone other than those people. I don't know, they just seem like such a serious drop in class from Barker.

07-26-2007, 06:54 AM
While I do like Drew Carey, I agree with you. Barker brought a professional feeling to the show while Carey just won't be able to do that. I kind of wished the show ended when Bob retired.

07-27-2007, 01:26 AM
I think that would have been better, too. Carey will make it into a joke and try to get laughs just like every other modern game show. I don't think he could ever succeed at being "serious." The Price is Right was so good because it was genuine. It probably won't last too long without Barker.

07-27-2007, 01:27 AM
WTF? Carey is the worst choice ever.