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Barker’s Last Stand? Maybe Not

June 9, 2007 11:00 AM

After 35 years of hosting "The Price Is Right," Bob Barker greeted his final Contestants’ Row last week, taping his last episode and starting his retirement. Replacing the 83-year-old legend hasn’t been easy for CBS, however. The number of auditions is running well into double digits. CBS sources said the first priority has been giving Mr. Barker a proper send-off; finding a replacement has been second. But the hunt will go into overdrive after the final episode airs June 15. "Price" production typically starts in July for a September debut, but a firm production date will not be set until CBS figures out who will host. One option: Mr. Barker, who told reporters last week he would be happy to fill in if needed. CBS insiders didn’t think Mr. Barker was serious about the offer, but are certainly willing to take him up on it should he turn out to be truly irreplaceable. -- James Hibberd


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