The Price Is Right is an iconic institution on daytime television. Everyone knows it. Everyone loves it. And everyone has imagined what they would do if they ever made it on the show. Of course, it hasn't been the same since Bob Barker left, but Drew Carey has done a way better job than anyone thought he might.
The whole point of the show is to win big and make a gigantic fool of yourself (or at least that's how I've always viewed it.) The selection process is extensive, and you basically have to throw dignity out the window.
“I am looking for energy, sincerity, and potential humor," says the man in charge of selecting contestants. "And if they can equal my energy or exceed it and maintain it, they are at the top of the list.”
That's why people were so confused when Kevin, a contestant on the show, seemed to break every single stereotype.
Kevin was playing the game "Let 'Em Roll", where you're given six different dice, each with either a dollar amount or picture of a car on each side. The point of the game is to roll five cars in three chances. It's kind of like Yahtzee, but instead of family bragging rights you get a Nissan Versa.
When Kevin rolled his first chance, he managed to land four cars, along with a $1,500 face. It was a pretty lucky roll, considering he had two more chances to roll just one car and then he'd win the grand prize. But Kevin must owe someone a lot of money, because instead of getting excited and taking his chances, the contestant called it quits. He chose to take the $1,500 and end the game.
“You don’t want to roll that one to try and win the car?” Carey asked.
“No, I’ll take the $1,500,” Kevin responded. “I love The Price is Right! Wooooooooooo.”
Carey, and the audience, were stunned. In theory, Kevin made the right choice. He guaranteed himself $1,500 and avoided paying taxes and other fees on a brand new car. But for lifelong fans of the Price Is Right, they couldn't believe their eyes.
"As a woman who has dressed up as a giant dice and turned down 1800 dollars because she had a 2/3 chance of winning a car or trip to Costa Rica on Let’s Make a Deal, I’m going to say this was smart," wrote Allison Sanchez. "But as a lady dressed up as a fairy said sadly as we left the studio. “Maybe I shouldn’t have picked the mystery box. But how do you not, you know? How do you not pick the mystery box?”"
Big mistake Kevin! You should have rolled— Justin (@JWalkerDaniels) November 8, 2017
OMG I saw that yesterday and could NOT believe it!!The only explanation I can think of is he did not understand that he only had to roll the ONE block OR he really really needed $1500! Even his fam was telling him to keep going!! Poor Drew, he was dying inside #TPIR #PriceIsRight— Jackie Watkins (@JwatksJackie) November 8, 2017
Dumbest decision probably ever on the PIR. At least roll one more time. Drew tried to tell the guy how stupid he was in a nice way— BB (@BradsB2652) November 9, 2017
What do you think of Kevin's choice?