By DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - 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?"'
Asked if he found the prospect of replacing such a TV legend
daunting, Carey recalled talking to a friend who knows the game
show business who told him, "as long as Bob Barker is cool with
it, the fans will be cool with it." While he doesn't know Barker,
Carey said he's comfortable that his predecessor will be accepting.
The negotiation process was nerve-racking. While he was talking
with CBS about the job, Carey said he got a call from another
lawyer in Hollywood who told him one of his clients was offered
"The Price is Right" job.
He figured CBS had lined up back-ups if the first choice did not
"If I was going after a second baseman, I wouldn't just talk to
one second baseman," the Cleveland Indians fan said. "If I were
the general manager, I would be talking to a few second basemen."
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