Bob Barker would never criticize Drew Carey. At least that’s what he told EW exclusively after an online report suggested that he out-and-out dissed the new host of The Price is Right during an impromptu street interview with a paparazzo on Monday.
In a video posted on TMZ today, a videographer who caught Barker loading some clothes into his car asked the longtime Price host what he thought of Carey. “He does the show differently than I did,” Barker says. “I try to make the show really exciting. He doesn’t do that. He just plays the games.”
Today, Barker clarified his comments to EW. “I would not criticize Drew Carey. I would not criticize this show. I would not criticize CBS. I would not criticize FremantleMedia (which produces the show for the network) because I have a sizable royalty that I am paid every year this show is on, and it’s going on for years. I would be an absolute fool. I hope this show stays on for years. As for Drew, he’s been charming and complimentary, and he had me on the show to plug my book Priceless Memories. He devoted half of the show to me! He’s a charming man, and kind and gracious. To think that I would say anything derogatory about him is idiocy.”
Barker added that when he first handed over the reins to Carey, he advised the comedian to “do the show your way. And that’s what he has done. Obviously, it’s successful.” Carey is about to begin his fourth season hosting The Price is Right.
Barker went on to joke that from here on out, he plans to “keep his mouth” shut whenever he walks down a street.