Bob Barker returns to "The Price is Right" in December. Barker isn't returning as the host of the show, though, as Drew Carey is going to maintain his gig with CBS. According to a report from late Tuesday (Oct. 30), CBS is doing a week long tribute to the former host of the show. During that time the episodes will be focused on pet adoptions, something that he was involved with during his time as the lead.
A week of shows from Dec. 9 - Dec. 13 will be used to honor the former host and on the Thursday episode the plan is for him to surprise the studio audience with an appearance. It has not been revealed whether he will stand in as the host that day or simply go up on stage with Carey, but it would certainly be interesting to see the crowd reaction if the curtain came back to suddenly reveal him up on the stage.
That episode where he will make an appearance has already been taped, so it is likely more information about it will be leaked before it actually airs on Dec. 12. As for CBS deciding to do what amounts to a Bob Barker Week on "The Price is Right," it is also something surprising because he hasn't been involved in production for a while. Still, millions of viewers enjoyed watching him before Drew Carey took over the role, so it could be a ratings grab during the month.
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