Drew Carey's Initial 'Price Is Right' Rejection & Subsequent Acceptance

Drew Carey's Unexpected Journey to Game Show Fame Unveiled

by Zain ul Abedin
Drew Carey's Initial 'Price Is Right' Rejection & Subsequent Acceptance
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In an exclusive conversation with PEOPLE, Drew Carey delves into the pivotal moment that led him to accept the mantle of hosting "The Price Is Right," taking over from the legendary Bob Barker. Initially hesitant to dive back into the demands of a daily show after his semi-retirement post-"The Drew Carey Show," Carey's journey to becoming the face of the iconic game show is a tale of unexpected turns and revelations.

Back in 2007, when the opportunity first presented itself, Carey's response was a resolute dismissal. The thought of anchoring a daily program did not align with his vision of a leisurely semi-retirement, filled with engaging and enjoyable pursuits rather than the routine grind of a conventional job.

"I just wanted to be able to do things that were fun and interesting instead of having a 'job-job,'" Carey recounts to PEOPLE, reflecting on his initial reluctance.

Carey's Game-Changing Insight

However, Carey's ambitions extended beyond television.

A passionate soccer enthusiast, he harbored dreams of owning a stake in a Major League Soccer team. It was this aspiration that inadvertently steered him back to television. During discussions, a producer ingeniously linked Carey's love for generosity - specifically, leaving substantial tips at restaurants - to the joy of hosting "The Price Is Right." The realization that he could essentially "give out things" for a living was a game-changer for Carey.

"That was the light bulb that went off in my head," he explains. This newfound perspective not only led Carey to embrace the role with enthusiasm but also to infuse the show with his unique flair, including updates to the set, logo, and theme music.

Nonetheless, Carey ensures each episode pays homage to Barker's enduring legacy by advocating for pet spaying and neutering. Today, Carey not only relishes his role in enriching lives with extravagant giveaways but also celebrates his successful acquisition of part ownership in the Seattle Sounders FC.

Reflecting on the transformative decision to host "The Price Is Right," Carey acknowledges the profound impact it has had on his identity and legacy. Embracing the path that has led him to become synonymous with one of television's most cherished game shows, Carey muses on the enduring association with a sense of contentment and pride.

Catch Drew Carey's charismatic hosting on "The Price Is Right," airing weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on CBS, where the spirit of giving and happiness continues to thrive under his stewardship.