The price was right that CBS offered Drew Carey, along with other contract terms. Carey announced last night on the "Late Show with David Letterman" that he will be the new host of "The Price is Right." Carey will be filling big shoes, succeeding Bob Barker, who was feted with two primetime specials to mark his retirement after hosting the daytime game show for 35 years and completing 50 years in television (4/4/07 TVBR #66).
"Well, history says that this will be a nice long career for you as the host of The Price is Right," Letterman quipped. "It's fun doing a show for years and years, isn't it?" Carey asked, and Letterman, who debuted his NBC show in 1982 and moved to CBS in 1993, allowed that it was. Carey said he's not sure when he's going to start working on The Price Is Right, but did say that already "my girlfriend was on the phone with a personal shopper from Bergdorf's."
CBS issued a press release confirming that Carey will take over the long-running daytime game show. "I'm beyond delighted to announce Drew as the new host of The Price is Right. He is one of the most well-liked personalities working in entertainment, and I have no doubt his humor, charm and enthusiasm will endear him to Price is Right viewers, while winning over the hearts of new Plinko fans along the way," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.
The Price is Right is now in its 36th season and is television's longest-running game show. It is a Mark Goodson Production, in association with FremantleMedia, North America, Inc.
Carey already has a primetime game show debuting on CBS next month. "The Power of 10" debuts Tuesday, August 7th for a late summer run.