By Lynette Rice
July 24, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

Erstwhile comedian Drew Carey — who’s set to bow Aug. 7 as the host of CBS’ new game show The Power of 10 — made a shocking announcement last night on The Late Show With David Letterman by revealing that he was chosen to replace Bob Barker on The Price is Right this fall. My first reaction was one of…extreme disappointment. Carey’s not a bad guy; the big lug who once starred on his own ABC comedy was a fairly decent host of the improv-comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? But when the blogosphere teases you with inspired — and unorthodox — replacement possibilities like Rosie O’Donnell, the decision to recruit Carey seems terribly anti-climactic. Carey’s got some ginormous shoes to fill — which is probably why a certain CBS insider told me “You don’t want to be the guy who replaces Barker. You want to be the guy who replaces the guy who replaces Barker.” I wholeheartedly agree — but then again maybe I’m underestimating the popularity of Carey. What do you think? Do you think his hire was far better than going with George Hamilton, Mario Lopez or The Early Show’s Dave Price?

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