Rosie O’Donnell has said that she will not host the popular game show “The Price is Right,” according to the AP and MSN.com.
O’Donnell said that she had met with show producers. On her blog she said that the meeting was a “nice lunch.”
Recent comments by Rosie have been that she would love to be the next host of the show, following in the footsteps of friend Bob Barker. Now it appears that she has had second thoughts.
“Well, here’s the thing: I don’t really need a job,” O’Donnell says in a video posted Sunday on her Web site according to the AP. “I’m in a weird position. I don’t need the money.”
“So to get my entire family uprooted from their lives and move them across the country so that I can have a fantasy childhood indulgence, you know, job … it just doesn’t seem fair.”
O’Donnell lives in Nyack, NY, which is on Long Island, near New York City. She lives there with he partner Kelli and their four children. The show is taped inside the Bob Barker studio in Los Angeles, California.
“You know, if they were able to do it in New York, it would be a different story,” O’Donnell says. “But it looks like it’s – ain’t gonna happen.”
At the Daytime Emmy Awards, Barker was quoted as saying that he had “no doubt” that Rosie O’Donnell could make an excellent host for the show, entering his 36th season. He also said that he was not sure if CBS or show’s production company Freemantle North America would want a woman as host of the show.
Bob Barker later said that he had not intended to endorse any particular candidate with his comments.
Barker retired from the show after 35 years hosting “The Price is Right” and after 50 years as a game show host. He is 83.
The top people rumored for the job are John O’Hurley, best known for his role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld and who hosted the Family Fued, George Hamilton, Entertainment Tonight co-host Mark Steines and E’s Todd Newton.
Sources have indicated that the options of Steines, Hamilton and Newton have been picked up by their networks and it will be harder to sign one of these three to host the show according to Reuters and TV.com. This will not, however, take anyone out of the running.
The producers were hoping to have a replacement named for Barker before he signed off for the last time. They were not able to do that and now the search continues.
The show will return in the fall after a summer hiatus.
All information was gathered from the AP, Reuters, TV.com and MSN.com