endorsed his friend Rosie O'Donnell as a possible successor
on The Price Is Right, although the newly
retired host isn't sure CBS wants a woman to take over the
they're going to have a meeting with Rosie,'' Barker said
backstage Friday night at the Daytime Emmy Awards, where he
won his 19th trophy.
''She knows the
show,'' he said. ''There's no doubt in my mind she could
do the show. Now, whether they want a lady host, I don't
know. I've never heard that discussed. As far as I
know, they've only auditioned men.''
Barker said his
friendship with O'Donnell goes back several years, when
she had him as a guest on her old daytime talk show.
''She told me she
loved The Price Is Right and wanted to host it
one day,'' he recalled.
mentioned as possible replacement hosts have been Todd
Newton of the E! network, Mark Steines of
Entertainment Tonight, George Hamilton, and
last week at age 83 after 35 years of giving away
vacations and cars on the hit CBS game show. But he said he
may be back with some specials featuring vintage clips
''If it works
out, I'd like to do that,'' he said. (AP)