Fresh from his final spin of the big wheel and his 19th Daytime Emmy Award win, Bob Barker kept making headlines over the weekend by saying Rosie O'Donnell could follow him as host of "The Price is Right."
In the press room after the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, Barker said of O'Donnell (who, by the way, actually took out a full-page ad in Variety to express interest in the job):
"She knows the show. 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."
I'm not quite sure how I feel about Rosie hosting "Price" (on the one hand, she has the energy for it; on the other hand, she's pretty polarizing), but I just have to mention Barker using the words "lady host." In anyone else's mouth, that would sound a little sexist, but coming from him, it's oddly quaint and endearing. Oh, Bob. I'll miss you.
By the way, other people mentioned as possible replacement hosts have been Todd Newton of E!, Mark Steines of "Entertainment Tonight," George Hamilton, John O'Hurley, and Mario Lopez, though that last one was apparently just a rumor. So, do you think Rosie could do it?