Will Rosie O’Donnell Replace Bob Barker on ‘The Price is Right’?
Imagine if your stomach will let you the following: As the final contestants are about to give their bids during the Showcase Showdown, the host says, “So, did you know that President Bush was involved in bringing down the World Trade Center on 9/11?”
That’ll surely help ratings, won’t it?
Well, if game-show host Bob Barker gets his way, that’s what fans of “The Price is Right” could be seeing on a television near you weekday afternoons.
As reported by the Associated Press Saturday (emphasis added throughout):
Bob Barker endorsed his friend Rosie O'Donnell as a possible successor on "The Price Is Right," although the newly retired host isn't sure CBS wants a woman to take over the game show.
"She knows the show," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind she could do the show. Now, whether they want a lady host, I don't know. I've never heard that discussed. As far as I know, they've only auditioned men."
Barker said his friendship with O'Donnell goes back several years, when she had him as a guest on her old daytime talk show.
"She told me she loved `The Price Is Right' and wanted to host it one day," he recalled.
Of course, there was no comment as to whether the consistently gorgeous models on the program would be replaced by obese women wearing no makeup and Birkenstocks.