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Current host Drew Carey was on hand along with several other CBS daytime stars, including Carey's old Whose Line pal Wayne Brady, now hosting Let's Make a Deal, CBS soap stars Peter Bergman and Heather Tom and Sharon Osbourne and Julie Chen from The Talk.
Osbourne had tweeted earlier in the week something about ditching her gig as a judge on America's Got Talent next season but refused to address it Tuesday. Even she acknowledged it was out of character for her to clam up. That show tapes in New York, so the commute can't be fun.
|Bergman, Tom and Brady|
Carey spoke about being on the same CBS soundstage where so many had gone before. Not just Bob Barker but, going way back, Jack Benny, who taped his long-running CBS series on Studio 33. The Smothers Brothers worked the room in the late '60s, followed by The Carol Burnett Show and Sonny & Cher.
One of the soap stars now uses Cher's old dressing room. The place is probably still knee-deep in feathers and spandex.
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The Price set looks like it hasn't been upgraded since 1974 but Carey says it gets tweaked every year. Plinko and Hole-in-One are still favourite games but every year something new gets introduced, he says. His Plinko tip: drop the disc dead centre every time. As for guessing the suggested retail price of a car, NEVER assume it ends in "95."
Carey says his biggest gaffe was the day the studio audience was filled with moms-to-be. At the end of the show, he told the many pregnant women out front that he hoped they had safe deliveries--then he reminded them all to spade and neuter their pets! "I promised Bob Barker I would say that at the end of every show," he explained.
Carey has a pretty sweet schedule. Price tapes two shows a day, three days a week, then takes two weeks off. In a year, 190 shows are taped.
Critics were invited on stage to spin the big wheel. It is heavier than it looks. My spin stopped at 40 cents.
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