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‘Price Is Right’ Contestant Lashes Out at Host Drew Carey

‘Price Is Right’ Contestant Lashes Out at Host Drew Carey

Drew Carey was put in his place.

Lillian was on a roll during the July 2 episode of “The Price is Right.”

The third-year promoted team played the matches with ease and earned money from it.

“I got kicked out of college twice. What’s the opposite of a PhD?” Carey asked. “A talk show host,” Lillian joked back. The Price is Right / CBS

Presenter Carey, 66, teased her about it, saying the secret to her success was her PhD.

“We might as well not continue at all, but… Okay, okay. You have a PhD,” he told her.

“I was expelled from university twice. What’s the opposite of a PhD?” Carey continued.

“You know what? I’m not smart enough to be a talk show host,” the talk show host replied, unable to recover.

Lillian and the audience all laughed.

In the same episode, Carey cost a contestant his chance at the Showcase.

The host tried to help when contestant Roni Gardner of San Diego, California, had trouble turning the Ferris wheel.

“You know what? I’m not smart enough to be a talk show host,” Carey replied, unable to recover. The Price is Right / CBS

Participants spin the Big Wheel in an attempt to get close to 100 without going over. Everyone has two chances to spin and get their total as close to 100 as possible to advance.

For a spin to count, the wheel must make at least one complete rotation. Gardner struggled with this rule during the game.

After her first spin, the wheel landed on 90, putting her in position to win the game.

However, Carey noticed that the wheel wasn’t completely round, forcing the contestant to redo her spin.

In the same episode, Carey cost a contestant his chance at the Showcase. The Price is Right / CBS
For a spin to count, the wheel must make at least one complete rotation. Gardner struggled with this rule during the game. The Price is Right / CBS

On her next attempt, the wheel barely turned more than halfway, forcing Carey to intervene.

“Can I help you?” he asked her.

“Yes, please,” Gardner replied.

Carey then helped the contestant with her next spin, which came to 15. This meant she got to spin one more time to reach the goal.

Carey then helped the contestant with her next spin, which came to 15. This meant she got to spin one more time to reach the goal. The Price is Right / CBS

Carey assisted again, but his wheel landed on 95, pushing Gardner’s score over 100. Her chances of advancing to the Showcase were gone.

“I take the blame. Roni, I’m so sorry,” Carey apologized as she left the stage.

Next, contestants Erica and Brett moved on, and Gardner didn’t get that chance.

“I take the blame. Roni, I’m so sorry,” Carey apologized as she left the stage. The Price is Right / CBS

Carey had another funny interaction on the June 28 episode, when contestant David, a hairstylist, placed a bid on a sewing and crafting collection and got to talking to the host about facial hair.

Carey welcomed the contestant to the stage after he guessed the collection’s value: $950. Of the four contestants, he was the closest to guessing the price of $1,415.

“What’s up, man? Nice to see you! Welcome to the show,” the host greeted David with a handshake, to which David responded with equal enthusiasm.

“You too, man. Thanks a lot,” David said.

Carey had another funny interaction with a contestant on the June 28 episode, when contestant David, a hairstylist, placed a bid on a sewing and crafting collection and got into a conversation with the host about facial hair. The Price is Right / CBS

“I was wondering when you were going to grow your beard again,” the contestant joked to Carey.

“Oh, I don’t know, I’m just tired of it,” replied the comedian, who has been growing out his facial hair for longer periods of time in recent years.

David then pointed to Carey’s soul spot and said, “This looks good.”

Carey paid him the same compliment, adding, “Your beard looks great, man.”

“I was wondering when you were going to grow your beard again,” the contestant joked to Carey. The Price is Right / CBS

Carey’s interactions with contestants have been a hallmark of his career since he hosted the show after Bob Barker retired in 2007. Barker hosted the show from 1972 to 2007 and died in 2023 at the age of 99.

Carey is in his 18th season of the long-running game show. He previously hosted “The Drew Carey Show” from 1994 to 2004, and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” from 1998 to 2007.

His ultimate career goal is to outlast “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak — who retired from the ABC game show in June. Sajak, 77, earned his place in history as the show’s longest-tenured game show host for his 41-season reign.

“I do have a goal: I want to keep going until I die. This is my 18th season. I have to get to 35 and 41 so I can catch up with Bob Barker and Pat Sajak,” Carey told TV Insider.