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?'”