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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.

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Comments (4)

Jeff:

I'm not that surprised CBS and Fremantle chose Drew Carey to host "Price." He has a familiar face and voice, Everyman appeal, game hosting experience("Whose Line Is It Anyway?" for several seasons, simultaneous with his sitcom). It might be interesting to see someone a little different from the norm hosting a classic game. (It wouldn't be the first time a stand-up comic took the reins of a gameshow. Long before Howie Mandel was an actor, or became host of "Deal or No Deal," he was a comedian. Bob Saget was a very tall comic and hosted "America's Funniest Home Videos" long before he was tapped for "1 vs. 100." People probably forget that Richard Dawson, billed back in the day as Dick or Dickie Dawson, was a comedian and actor before he hosted "Family Feud.")

helena :

Did Richard Dawson ever host "The price is right?"

Mark Potter:

Dawson never hosted TPIR. He hosted Family Feud on two occasions from 1976-85 (when he was still single and kissing all the female contestants) and again for 1994-95 (after he was married). Dawson was a popular panelist along with Charles Nelson Reilley and Brett Somers on Match Game from 1973 to 1978 which was hosted by Gene Rayburn, hosting Feud simultaneously during his last two on Match Game.

Diane:

I watched a Price is Right show the other day & at the end heard Drew Carey say this would be his last show as his year was up. What's with that? Haven't heard anything on the news or People magazine & the news media usually gets stuff like that out before it even happens. Anyone know? Thanks

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