Bob Barker on 'The Price is Right' host Drew Carey: An EW exclusive!

drew-carey-bob-barkerImage Credit: Michael Tran/FilmMagic.comBob Barker would never criticize Drew Carey. At least that’s what he told EW exclusively after an online report suggested that he out-and-out dissed the new host of The Price is Right during an impromptu street interview with a paparazzo on Monday.

In a video posted on TMZ today, a videographer who caught Barker loading some clothes into his car asked the longtime Price host what he thought of Carey. “He does the show differently than I did,” Barker says. “I try to make the show really exciting. He doesn’t do that. He just plays the games.”

Today, Barker clarified his comments to EW.  “I would not criticize Drew Carey. I would not criticize this show. I would not criticize CBS. I would not criticize FremantleMedia (which produces the show for the network) because I have a sizable royalty that I am paid every year this show is on, and it’s going on for years. I would be an absolute fool. I hope this show stays on for years. As for Drew, he’s been charming and complimentary, and he had me on the show to plug my book Priceless Memories. He devoted half of the show to me! He’s a charming man, and kind and gracious. To think that I would say anything derogatory about him is idiocy.”

Barker added that when he first handed over the reins to Carey, he advised the comedian to “do the show your way. And that’s what he has done. Obviously, it’s successful.” Carey is about to begin his fourth season hosting The Price is Right.

Barker went on to joke that from here on out, he plans to “keep his mouth” shut whenever he walks down a street.


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  • he was extremely cranky and rude to the contestants at the end of his run so this is no surprise. decent damage control, though.

    • cg

      It’s too bad he didn’t tell the whole truth. Drew is horrible. He si a mumbling, twitching mess. And borrrring. If the show is on somewhere, I pull out my book.

      • graeme

        Yeah, Drew is an awful host. He seems completely disinterested in all the proceedings.

  • amanda

    I loved it when he was “cranky and rude” to those idiots. The man is ancient and every moron who made it on stage almost knocked him down while trying to make out with poor old Bob.

    • Whhaaaaat???

      My favorite thing about Bob was when someone in the preliminary round (where the four audience members bid) would get the right price and would win $100.

      When the winning guy would come on stage, Bob handed him the money.

      Whenever a woman won, he always made them reach into his coat pocket to get the money.

      Ewwwwwwwwww!

  • Fact

    This is proof that it’s just not possible to disrespect Drew Carey. Impossible to dislike him. If you slam him, you just end up looking like an idiot (or a bitter, delusional old man). He’s gracious and kind to everyone, plus a total pimp.

    • Nick

      Drew Carey? A pimp?

      • Fact

        Absolutely.

      • Aaron

        Of course Drew’s a pimp. He learned how to choke a b**** from the master Wayne Brady himself.

    • nope

      Not impossible. I can’t stand him. He’s not the least bit funny, and is constantly smirking at himself. And he STILL seems nervous, even after a few years.

      • me

        completely ill at ease and not too bright or able to be spontaneous, and this from 2 viewings

      • Boof

        Couldn’t have anything to do with crack pipe in his pocket, could it?

      • Rod G

        @nope… Ur so rite, the most accurate comment i’ve seen about Drew as the host… Still Nervous!

    • Jen

      I sat at the table next to Drew Carey in a comedy club. He is not gracious nor is he kind to everyone. In fact he’s pretty much a total jerk. To be clear, I never spoke to him, nor he to me, but he was a d1ck to the staff and everyone he did speak to. Not a fan.

  • MomC

    I actually kind of agree with Mr. Barker’s original comments. While Mr. Carey is affable enough, I do not find him a charming or interesting as a host. Wish they had gone in a different direction.

    • July

      Indeed. There seems to be a disconnect with him. I watched TPIR ever since I was a little girl (I’m not yet 30) and I tried to give Drew Carey a chance and I fell asleep during the episode.

      I haven’t watched TPIR since.

    • Keith

      I agree. He’s just sort of a fat, weird blob who blows through the games. Bob is right. Bob is always right. Long Live Bob Barker.

      • DE

        Are you kidding? Don’t you remember how he slandered model Holly Hallstrom for years, and how he called the former models of the show ‘disgusting’, and that ‘he didn’t want to talk about them’ in USA Today? My God man, what planet have you been on for the last 24 years? That man has been a living nightmare for the crew and staff of the show since Mark Goodson made the regrettable decision to make him EP! After that, original director Marc Breslow was fired, models Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom, Janice Pennington, and Kathleen Bradley were fired from the show, and announcer Rod Roddy had camera time taken away while he was alive. Does that sound right to you? I don’t think so! At least now Drew can run the show on a clean slate where he won’t have to answer to ‘the mighty Barker’ once and for all, and I wish him luck in keeping his job in spite of it all!

      • t3hdow

        To add to DE’s claims, Game Show Network isn’t even allowed to play re-runs of TPIR because of Bob’s demands, nor did TPIR offer fur products until the man left because of his association with PETA. Granted, those were less extreme examples, but people who are willing to investigate deep enough into Bob Barker’s career quickly realize that he’s not exactly humble. He’s undoubtedly charming on camera and a great host, but not everyone who’s worked for him thought highly of the man for good reason.

      • 2DE

        What does that have to do with the veracity of his comment you fool. drew is a bore. He just looks so uncomfortable I can’t watch.

    • DruggyBear

      Drew Carey was a terrible choice to replace Bob Barker, I mean the man could barely crack a smile when someone did the incredible feat of matching the showcase price to the dollar! he is disinteresting and just goes thru the motions. I hope he is fired soon!

      • t3hdow

        While I agree that Drew could’ve done a better job covering up his disinterest, there’s a good reason he acted that way. Apparently, the contestant who pulled off that amazing feat cheated to get that price. The show’s producers stopped filming for 45 minutes to investigate how the contestant got the price exactly right. Once they realized the contestant cheated, it kind of sucked the enthusiasm out of the accomplishment.
        That, and I’ve seen him act much more excited for contestants who perform lucky (and legitimate) runs at pricing games before. Youtube “Taylor’s Day on The Price Is Right” and you’ll see what I mean.

    • Daniel

      Be sure to have your replacements spayed or neutered.

  • LR

    MomC, I completely agree. Drew may be a lovely person, but I find it utterly painful to watch him host. I still tune in when I can to catch the games and contestants, but I can’t think of anyone I’d want to watch less as host.

  • Desmo

    Drew is a fine host. Obviously it’s hard to accept anyone other then Bob Barker. Just like when Trebek one day decides to stop doing Jeapordy, who ever takes his place will just never live up to these impossibly high standards.

    • Desmo

      *Jeopardy… yeesh.

    • kylla

      What is Jeopardy?

      ;)

      • Rock Golf

        Correct. Make the next selection.

    • t3hdow

      It took some time to warm up to Drew, but now I don’t mind watching TPIR with him hosting. It helps that the contestants are as wacky and bizarre as they’ve ever been. Bob’s charisma will be missed (though he lives on through Youtube clips), but Drew’s not bad either.

      • @t3

        You don’t mind!! What an endorsement. You sound like a real genius.

      • t3hdow

        Cantankerous this morning, aren’t you? You had a bad night sleep with the miss’s? Desperate for a hug? A bullet to the brain? You tell me. I’m not sure exactly why my neutral response deserved such pompousness. (How’s that for genius?)

    • WatchesEverything

      Trebek? Is that the guy who dares to fill the shoes of Art Fleming? Damn whippersnapper upstart…

      • cg

        Trebek is a pompus tool. My son and I are working on a screenplay where we kidnap Trebek and with every one of his wrong answers wrong answer/question we give one of his pompus responses where he acts like HE knew the right answer all along and we torture him. The big question is, would anybody save him? Wrong question Alex, arrrrrgrgrgrg…

      • comixchick

        Alex Trebek is the furthest thing from pompous. I met him on “Jeoparday, and he is funny and charming in person, loves the Lakers, and tells a dirty joke with flair. Very nice man.

      • comixchick

        “Jeopardy”. I can’t spell today.

  • Sherilyn

    This isn’t the first time old Bob’s dissed TPIR; “I don’t watch it.” Clearly he’s bitter. I believe the candid comment more than the scripted attempt at damage control.

    • wakeforce

      “Clearly he’s bitter”? I love it when clueless people ASSume to know something when they don’t know anything. Bob chose to leave because he’s frickin’ 80 years old. In the first statement, he was being honest, which most people can’t handle and in the second, he is toeing the company line, which we all do in the corporate world.

      • cg

        Wow, we agree :) And he makes $ of off it. Maybe he is worried about his investment. He traded a BMW for a broken down VW bus.

  • BJohnson

    I figured he didn’t watch it because after hosting it for so long, he wanted a life. I don’t see my folks looking longingly at their jobs they retired from. I tried to give Drew a chance and he wasn’t bad, he just isn’t Bob, Drew is for the new generation of TPIR fans and that’s cool.

  • PJM

    I have to agree Drew is a good guy, but it takes a lot more to host a game show than people think. Ever notice contestants walking into the camera shots, in front of Drew, and Drew really doesn’t angle them to the cameras? Bob had a good way of doing that with even the calm contestants.

    • @PJM

      Bob had been a game show host since the dawn of creation, of course he knew what he was doing. Drew will never be BB, but he has improved, grown more confident and the contestants seem to love him. It’s really more about them anyway.

  • ben macken

    you have do it your own way or it wont be successful

  • michele

    Bob Barker sucked as host. He sucked for 35 years. At least Drew is funny. Bob should shut up and die already….

    • wakeforce

      Classy. Glad to see this you representing fine females today.

  • Butters

    Would someone help Bob find a better nursing home? Thank you.

  • A.D.

    Loved the show not just because of Barker…can’t stand it now…Carey makes me cringe every time he talks…PLEASE get a new host, until then I will NOT be watching and boy do I miss the show and the games…RIP Plinko

  • MC from MD

    I sort of liked the original Drew Carey show, but for his handling of TPIR, Drew just seems out of place. He is as unexciting as it gets…phoning it in most times. I wonder if he has “buyer’s remorse” at taking the show, knowing he could be stuck there until he’s 80 like Bob Barker. That in itself could be a living he11 if you want to do comedy, which just isn’t TPIR stuff. Drew just sort of acts like a stuffed shirt with little emotion during the show, little connection with contestants, and seemingly little care for how he comes across like that.

    • Mike

      How would he be stuck there until he’s 80? His contract expires in two years. Anyway, Drew cares a lot about the contestants, sometimes too much. It’s just like Barker said: he doesn’t make the show exciting. And that’s because he doesn’t know how. Bob Barker had already been a game show host for 15 years when he started TPIR, and even then it took him a good 10 years or so to really become the master he was. Now there’s no such thing as a “game show host”, because EVERYBODY brings in comedians to host new game shows. There are no more Wink Martindales or Chuck Woolerys.

  • redvector

    Barker wasn’t forced out he left of his own accord. He was 80 years old and the grind of doing the show was wearing him down. What did you want him to do keel over and drop dead on the stage?

    But I just see don’t Drew Carey doing it that long. Maybe a few more years but not nearly as long as Bob.

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