BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Come on down, Drew Carey. CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler confirmed here that the network is negotiating with the standup comic and former sitcom star to replace the retired Bob Barker as the host of the popular daytime game show "The Price Is Right."
I tried to pin Carey down about the likelihood he'd take the job at an interview session for the upcoming prime-time game show, "Power of 10," he is hosting. "Power," which asks its contestants to predict what percentage of Americans feel about certain political, moral, news and pop culture issues, apparently inspired CBS to negotiate with Carey on "Price."
Carey wasn't buying my idea of putting a percentage on the chances he will be the host. "I would like to do the show and we're negotiating all kinds of things about it but I really don't feel like discussing it in public," said Carey.
The one thing that wouldn't appear to be a huge problem in negotiations is price. Carey is so satisfied with his wealth that he said he has told his agent he only wants to do jobs that are fun and not work.
Though he isn't anywhere near as smooth as Barker, Carey has a likable personality and quick wit. I bet a high percentage of Americans would view him as ideally suited to replace the talk show legend. What do you think?
-- Alan Pergament