Drew Carey thinks “Price Is Right” host Bob Barker made a mistake by retiring: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Carey says he won't be hanging up his hosting microphone any time soon.

Don't expect Drew Carey to retire as host of The Price Is Right any time soon. He's not even sure why longtime host Bob Barker hung up his signature skinny microphone when he did.

"I think Bob made a mistake by retiring," Carey told Entertainment Tonight at CBS' fall schedule celebration. "I'm not gonna make that same mistake. As long as my heart is ticking and they want me to be on the show, I think I'm gonna do The Price Is Right. I just love it. I'm not going anywhere," he continued, adding that he was "made for" the job.

The legendary Barker hosted the long-running CBS game show between 1972 and 2007, explaining at the end of his tenure that he had decided to retire at age 83 — while he was still young. Carey took over the gig in October of that year. Barker died in August 2023 at the age of 99 following several years with Alzheimer's disease.

<p>Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty</p> Bob Barker and Drew Carey

Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty

Bob Barker and Drew Carey

"I was 48 and didn't have any thoughts about the rest of my life," Barker told Entertainment Weekly in 2007 while recalling the early days of his reign. "It was just another show I thought I would have fun with and be well-paid for... It's a lot more fun to do than a person might realize. Each audience has its own personality. It's like mining for gold. I'm looking for little gems with whom I can create spontaneous entertainment. It's great satisfaction."

During his ET interview, Carey said of Barker's legacy: "He was so good at this. He was so good at relating to people and getting them to be relaxed and be themselves. You watch his demeanor and his attitude. He never seemed stressed."

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