If she is hired, there goes the last time I'll ever watch the Price is Right. Why would CBS hire someone that would immediately turn off half the audience? Any of the four other choices (Newton et al) cited in this article would be a hundred times better, even J. Peterman.
I'm certain it's going to be O'Hurley, unless they find some miracle nobody in the next couple of months (which is highly unlikely...they've been quietly trying to find somebody for a couple of years now in anticipation of the inevitable.)
I think he'll do as good as anybody could in that role, but it won't be the same, people will turn it off, and that'll be the end.
It seems like no matter who it is, people aren't going to give it a chance, so why NOT use someone semi-horrid as a set-up guy (or Rosie) to go down with the ship, then after a couple months of sagging ratings, hatchet them out for your real choice, he might now be better received because they're 'saving' the show from the original awful replacement?
Or let Bob hire his own replacement, with the caveat that it can't be Rosie.
That's my thoughts on the matter - the show's going to fail without Bob Barker. No matter who they get. I don't watch "The Price Is Right" because I like it, persay. I watch it because it's television comfort food. It's the show I watched when I was home sick from school, or at my Grandma's house during summer vacation, when I was a little kid. The same show - same set, same music, same games, same host. If you change any of that you've just got a dated game show about grocery prices. And I could care less.
So let Rosie do it. That's the only host being bandied about that I would at least be curious to check out once. But the show'll be gone by the end of next year regardless.
EDIT: Though now that I've read this, I may have to change my endorsement. I could almost see his version being, you know, good.
Rosie O'Donnell has turned down an offer from The Price Is Right producers to host the show, according to FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman. Friedman reported today (Monday) that O'Donnell met with producers of the CBS game show on Thursday but refused to travel to Los Angeles, insisting that it be brought to New York or Miami, where she lives. "The location of the show -- Los Angeles -- was the deal-breaker," Friedman wrote. Separately, he added, ratings for The View have declined 13 percent since O'Donnell left. "Losing O'Donnell was an unmitigated disaster" for the network, he commented.
Here are the first couple weeks of TV ratings. The first two weeks are semi-final (the DVR numbers haven't come in yet; reports are that 20% of TV users have DVRs now), last week's numbers are the overnight numbers.