CLEVELAND (TDB) -- CBS honchos have put out the word in Beverly Hills that the man whose TV sitcom told the world that Cleveland rocks is in the running to replace Bob Barker as host of "The Price is Right." And Drew Carey appears to be interested in the job now that the octogenarian Barker is gone.
"Right now it's down to the title. If they change the name to the 'Golden Wheel' then I'm on. But I wouldn't get into negotiations if I weren't serious about hosting it."
That's Carey speaking to Inside the Bay Area, an online California publication. Other tabs seem to have him joking off any interest. Cleveland native Carey gets at least $50,000 a pop on tour, according to this bio on his booker's Web site. He also has a new game show slated for the CBS schedule early next month. He's a former Marine reservist -- that's where the trademark crewcut comes from -- and his politics are supposed to be Libertarian. At least that's what a group called The Advocates reports. It tries to track where celebs stand of the issues of the day.
The Bay Area buzz about Carey is here. Another tab has Carey laughing off the possibility he will replace Barker, who taped his last show in June.
Carey is a Kent State University dropout.