‘The Price Is Right’ Contestants Are Frequently High Or Drinking, Claims Host Drew Carey

Game show host and comedian Drew Carey has added some new context for the famous phrase “Come on down” used on his show, The Price Is Right.

In an interview with TV Insider, he revealed that some contestants fortify themselves before heeding the call to the stage.

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“That happens here all the time,” Carey said. “They’ll have a gummy, or I’ll smell alcohol on their breath. Not unusual. There was a guy here that was tripping on mushrooms. He came with a bunch of friends. He was a sketch [comedy] guy. I found out later when I went to UCB [sketch improv theater, Upright Citizens Brigade] to hang out and they were like, ‘Did you see that guy who claimed to be a skateboarding rabbi?’ I asked him what he did for a living. And he goes, ‘I’m a skateboarding rabbi.’ He didn’t think he was going to get picked, and he totally tripped.”

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Carey has kept previous host Bob Barker’s closing sign-off to spay or neuter pets. But he added his own touch, tagging, “Take care of yourself, especially your mental health. It’s so important, and I love you!”

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Carey added that last part because, “I went through a rough couple of years, and I needed to put my mental health first. It was such a help for me to do that and not succumb to sadness or grief. My therapist and my doctor helped me find tools to not go completely under…You can go into an addiction of feeling depressed and not knowing how to get out.”

“Life can be so much better with love, forgiveness, boundaries, speaking your mind, saying your truth and living your truthful life,” he added. “I feel better from being here. So I pass it along.”

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