Barker successor hot topic in Hollywood
The Bob Barker-era of The Price is Right just came to an end, as the silver-haired TV personality hosted the daytime game show for the last time.
Barker may be leaving the show after 35 years with the microphone, but the show must, and will, go on. Though it seems unimaginable that anyone can fill Barker's shoes, someone must. The question is, "Who?"
A few names have been rumored to take over, including the very tan George Hamilton, Entertainment Tonight cohost Mark Steines, and Vegas stage show Price is Right host Todd Newton. But since Bob's departure, two new names have entered the rumor mill.
Rosie O'Donnell, a recent emigrant of The View, has reportedly expressed great interest in taking over the hosting duties for the show and said she was meeting with show's producers this week, says the Associated Press. O'Donnell even got the approval of Barker, who said she was qualified for the job.
However, on her blog she recently said, "I don't know if it's going to work out, I love that show...it would be good for me, but I don't know if it would be good for them."
But Rosie isn't alone. The newest contender for the job is veteran comic Drew Carey, says Variety. Citing inside sources, the trade says CBS has already started talks with Carey about hosting The Price is Right.
Carey, who is hosting the new game show The Power of 10, has had his own sitcom (The Drew Carey Show), hosted an improve comedy series (Whose Line is it Anyway?), and spent plenty of time on the stand-up comedian circuit.
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