October 15, 2007
It's the end of an era. 35 years of Bob Barker helping people Plinko their way to money and prizes, over.
Filling the larger than life shoes, Drew Carey makes his debut as the younger, wittier host. For the TV veteran, beyond the bright lights of the animated set is something more.
"It's the Price is Right. you
know, people grew up with the show, and learn how to speak English from the
show, you know?" Carey said.
One local contestant heard the words all price players dream of
"Come on down!"
Charlottesville's own Emily Price gamed her way onto the stage and walked away with the ultimate, a brand new car!
A dealership called me and I got to pick the color and everything like that so it was really cool.
As a whole new crop of contestants make the hosting transition, Carey himself says he couldn't be more ready.
No stranger to hosting, Carey's stints on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Power of Ten" are what landed the funnyman the coveted spot. And so, the pressure is on to bring America's longest running and highest rated television show to a whole new generation of viewers.
Whether it's through cash and prizes or a joke or two, Carey will continue to do what he does best: make people smile.