After 35 years and 18 daytime Emmy’s, Price is Right Host Bob Barker is retiring. According to an MSN backstage interview with Bob Barker at last week’s Emmy’s, Bob would not mind seeing his old friend, Rosie O’Donnell, take over the show. He commented that he wasn’t sure if CBS would go for a female host, but he thought they were going to speak with Rosie at some point.
Other names that have come up, as reported by MSN include, Todd Newton from E!, Mark Steines of “Entertainment Tonight,” George Hamilton, and John O’Hurley. I can’t picture any of that group standing in Bob’s place, but, in my opinion, any of these men would make a better host than Rosie.
What’s going to happen if Rosie loses her patience with a guest gone doe-eyed in the big lights? Sometimes the names they pull out of the hat aren’t the brightest bulbs in the room. I would hate to see her run rough-shod over a lowly contestant.
Speculation about Rosie goes back to a comment she made when Bob Barker made a guest appearance on her talk show, according to the MSN report. Apparently Rosie said she would like to host the show one day. It will be interesting to see where she shows up next. It is kind of like waiting for the Loch Ness Monster to pop up.
Regarding the Price is Right, Regis would be a blast on the show, but after his stint with “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” who knows if he would go for another game show. Judging from the list of proposed names reported by MSN.com CBS may be looking for someone younger.
Speculation on the internet among bloggers and message board runs the gamut. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the iconic role. Bob Barker and The Price as Right go back almost as long as I do, and certainly as long as I can remember.
I’d say, give Chuck Woolery a chance. He has experience and a friendly, humorous way with contestants. Besides, he can do a lot better than Lingo.
I wouldn’t want to see them pull someone from another game show. They would seem out of place. Pat Sajack might not be able to tear himself away from the Showcase Showdown. Contestants would just keep spinning and spinning and spinning.
Alex Trebeck would have contestants shout out bids in the form of a question. “What is $234?” No, that doesn’t work.
Howie Mandell needs to stay put on Deal or No Deal. I’m not sure he can handle the depth of a game show that involves anything more than opening briefcases. He could at least get the curtains open to show the prizes. He might get confused and play Let’s Make a Deal. “Do you want curtain number one, or curtain number two?”
Richard Dawson could make a comeback, but he is a little old. I’m not sure in today’s culture he would fair very well kissing everyone on the lips. If he didn’t kiss the men, too, he’d be sued for discrimination. If he kissed the women he would be sued for sexual harassment.
Times have changed. Now, Bob Barker retires. Maybe it’s time to turn off the T.V. and go outside.