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Who Should Be The New Announcer on 'The Price is Right'?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2010 12:00PM
Rich FieldsAs Gary told you the other day, Rich Fields has been let go from his position as the announcer on 'The Price is Right.' This is too bad. Fields has done a fine job since taking over the role in 2004, having a good rapport with both Bob Barker and now Drew Carey.

There's a lot of talk about what they're going to do. Fields himself said in a statement on his site that they're going to be auditioning stand-up comics. Alex at BuzzerBlog says that besides former 'Shop 'Til You Drop' host J.D. Roberto announcing an episode this week (the show has started taping new episodes for the fall this week), comics Jeff Davis and Brad Sherwood will try out too.

Here are a few ideas for new announcers. Some could work out, some are long-shots.

Shadoe Stevens. Hey, why not? He has one of the classic game show announcer voices, doing everything from 'Hollywood Squares' to various specials. And he currently does the announcing on 'The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,' so he's already at CBS.

Of course, he will always be 'Max Monroe: Loose Cannon' to me.

Burton Richardson. He was the announcer on 'The Arsenio Hall Show' and was a fill-in for both Rod Roddy and Rich Fields the past decade and does other game shows. He could probably slip into the spot quickly.

Dave Price. The 'Early Show' co-host tried out for the host job before Carey got it and could be a good fit with him, but then again he seems a lot like Rich Fields so it probably wouldn't happen.

The Price is RightKathy Kinney. Keep the announcing job in the Carey family. She has already done a couple of appearances on the show (one time actually controlling the whole episode) and has the comic background. And imagine the buzz having a female announcer would generate.

But she can't do it as Mimi. That would be too much to take every single day.

Marc Summers. He's done it before. Of course, at this point in his career Summers would probably want to host the show and not just be the announcer. But if they're going to give the announcer a bigger role maybe it would be a good move.

Alan Kalter. OK, a massive long-shot, since he's all set in New York over at 'The Late Show.' But just imagine how his voice would sound saying "Come on down!" Maybe he can fly to L.A. and do 'The Price is Right' and still do 'The Late Show' too.

Vance DeGeneres. Ellen's brother. Not only has he been a comedy writer and actor on such shows as 'The Daily Show' and 'Ellen' (not to mention Mr. Hands in the original "Mr. Bill" shorts on 'Saturday Night Live'), he was co-host of a failed revival of 'Let's Make A Deal' in 2003 (with Billy Bush as host, gah). He could be the Mangum to Carey's Brady.

John Hodgman. I thought the PC guy did a fine (if quirky) job announcing the Emmys a couple of years ago. Not sure if he has the energy level for 'The Price is Right,' but it would be an interesting choice. Maybe two geeky guys with glasses would be overkill though.

Joel Godard. He's not going to be on Conan's new show so he might have the time. I would assume CBS wants to go with someone younger, so maybe...

Jonathan MangumThe stand-up comic route is the way to go. One of the great aspects of the new 'Let's Make A Deal' is the banter between host Wayne Brady and announcer Jonathan Mangum. It feels real and doesn't seem forced at all, and the two are genuinely funny together. So maybe 'The Price is Right' is trying to do the same thing.

I don't know if that will work though. 'Let's Make A Deal' has the structure for something like that -- we all remember that Jay Stewart used to interact with Monty Hall on the old version of the show and Mangum does it even more -- but 'The Price is Right' isn't set up that way. It has always been a game show where the host controls everything and the announcer stays at his spot and is rarely on camera (though they've changed that a bit and Fields has been on camera more).

But maybe the changes that the people at CBS are talking about involve more than just new games and new announcers. They probably want to go younger and change teh show a lot more than some fans might like. Maybe they're changing the entire structure of the show. Hmmm...

The only thing I ask is that they don't turn it into some reality-show type game show, where we learn about the tragic backgrounds of the contestants and see them interacting with people backstage via hand-held cameras and Drew reveals the final results on Switcheroo under dramatic lighting and music after a commercial break. I think I'd stop watching the show at that point.

Too bad Alex O'Loughlin has a new job. CBS would probably let him try out.

By the way, since they're actually auditioning people on the air, I wonder if Carey will acknowledge Fields and his contributions to the show? Stay tuned.

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emanuelj8

Well so far they had six improv comedians and NONE of them were as good as Rich Fields. Even Drew Carey has said Rich was the best announcer on television and even hired him as announcer on his 'Improv-a-Ganza" show. WHY did Mike Richards have to mess with something that works?

It's an OUTRAGE that Rich was ousted as announcer. Look at how many people are disgusted by Mike's decision. Honestly, the producers should put this improv announcer behind them and BRING BACK RICH FIELDS!

March 10 2011 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sharon

This Canadian household was worried that Rich Fields was ill...now we realize he is in the process of being replaced. Somebody has screwed up BIG time. The repore between he and Drew was natural and easy; these new guys are trying to duplicate that ease but it is clearly NOT working. Maybe if you phone Rich and talk really nice....

November 02 2010 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lindalyonuc

I am so mad that Rich Fields is no longer the announcer on the Price Is Right. He did an amazing
job. I think Drew looks fantastic with his weight
loss and admire his hard work. He was CUTE before,
but now he is handsome. And I think he is doing a great job as host. At least we haven't heard of any
sexual harrassment charges against him.

September 22 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

I am so upset by the goings on at TPIR lately! Drew Carey is a weak replacement to Bob Barker. I thought, "well, at least they are keeping Rich Fields who adds a stability to the show," but of course, we all know, Rich is now leaving. Carey is not a game show host. He's a comedian, who depended upon his "fatness" to keep him afloat, but now, of course, he has lost his fatness, and lost his identity in this regard. He is not funny if he is not fat, sorry, but that is the truth. Would Jimmy Durante be as funny without his shnoz. Maybe, but not as much.

I feel sorry for them. Hope things work out in spite of the changes.

August 04 2010 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Helen

What I don't like about the Price Is Right at this moment is the silly contestants that "come on down" acting like fools. rolling on the floor and acting like idiots. I want to turn the TV off. But I have been a FAN forever. And what I am reading about the new program coming, I may never watch it again. Drew talks too fast, can't understand him half of the time. He is a comic and nothing like Barker (who had class). Drew lets the contestants jump on him like animals. The program compared to Barker from one to ten is 4... I love this game show, but it looks like it will soon go down the drain..Too bad.

July 29 2010 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike murphy

how about lewis and oswald?

July 28 2010 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butch

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? DREW Carey, comes on the Show and All Hell is Breaking loose. Changing a Show that has been the Number ONE GAME SHOW FOR MANY YEARS. Thats CRAZY. LEAVE OUR SHOW ALONE "CAREY" IF YOU DON"T LIKE IT MOVE ON!

July 27 2010 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shamrock317

Anything Alex O'Loughlin does would be perfect. Can't wait for Hawaii Five-0. His voice, original Aussie or with an American accent, is dreamy. If Alex was on TPIR the camera would have to stay on him instead of Drew. And the women contestants wouldn't be able to concentrate on the game :)

July 25 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cali

It didn't say "Why" he's leaving the show.. He's an good announcer.

July 25 2010 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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joandayton

DREW LOOKS AWFUL TO MUCH WEIGHT LOSS, BEFORE HE LOOKED LIKE A CUDDLY TEDDY BEAR. HE IS DOING A GREAT JOB BUT NOW HE ACTS LIKE OTHER GAME SHOW HOST ,BOARING, HE TALKS TO FAST,FOR US SENIOR CITIZENS AND THE GIRLS NEW CLOTHES SUCK BIG TIME. GET BACK THE OLD WAY,THIS YOUNG PRODUCER IS GOING FOR A YOUNGER AUDIANCE,WHO WATCHES TV THE MOST? SENIOR CITIZENS. NO VARIETY SHOW PLEASE.WE HAVE FUN GUESSING THE PRIZES WHEN WE WATCH TOGETHER.

September 22 2010 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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