Carey Will Host 'Price'
July 23, 2007 2:05 PM
Drew Carey has accepted CBS’s offer to replace Bob Barker as the new host of “The Price Is Right.”
The actor-comedian made the announcement while taping CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman.”
“Honestly, it was like 15 minutes ago, [my agents] called me, it’s a done deal,” Carey said on “Letterman.” “I’m the new host of ‘The Price Is Right.’”
Carey was offered the position after CBS saw his hosting skills in its upcoming prime-time game show “Power of 10.”
Earlier this week at TCA, Carey expressed his enthusiasm about the coveted job.
“All I’m doing is giving away prizes,” he said. “And it’s not even my money. Oprah gets to say, ‘You get a car, you get a car,’ and she gets all the credit. That would be me.”
Carey won the spot over a long list of candidates, including “Entertainment Tonight” co-anchor Mark Steines, reality host Mark Walberg, former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell and GSN game show host Todd Newton.
CBS was under the gun to find a replacement for the legendary Barker.“Price” is usually in production by now for its September season premiere. Carey will run through a couple of weeks of rehearsal shoots to learn the 77 “Price” games.
Carey’s fans tend to skew slightly more male than the typical “Price” audience. Viewers of the final season of his sitcom averaged 55 percent female, while “Price” is about 63 percent female. But given Carey’s track record for drawing an audience and level of celebirty appeal, he should have little trouble drawing viewers.
TVWeek was the first media outlet to report the news of Carey’s hire, just as he was announcing it during his “Letterman” taping earlier today.
CBS had no comment.
Last updated at 3:33 pm.