The Price Is Right is one of the longest running television programs in America. Created by Bob Stewart, the original game show launched in 1956 with Bill Cullen as its host. In 1972, some changes were made, and Bob Barker joined the franchise as the host until his retirement in 2007.
Finding a replacement for Barker, who had 35 years of hosting experience under his belt, was by no means easy, so CBS aired repeat episodes from Barker's final season until a decision was reached.
On October 15, 2007, comedian Drew Carey made his debut as the show's new host, after initially turning down the network's offer to fill Barker's big shoes.
As with any change, it took a little while for Carey to settle into his new role, and for the show's longtime fans to get comfortable with the new host as well as the updated set, theme music, and logo.
It's been a little over a decade since Carey joined The Price is Right, and now one of his former colleagues on the show, model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, is giving us answers to what the host is really like when the cameras aren't rolling.
The 39-year-old British model worked on the show for 12 years before walking away to take on a new role at her own company, SEG Entertainment Group.
She had the chance to work with both Barker and Carey over the years, and had some interesting revelations to make about the latter host.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Osborne-Smith explained that things changed drastically, at least for her, around the time Carey took over the hosting duties.
She claimed that the models previously felt objectified, "but when Drew Carey stepped in, he was so very happy to make changes and bring Price is Right into a new era. We were all ready to become personalities rather than just look like models."
The retired model also boasted about how supportive Carey can be, and recalled how understanding and accommodating he was with her when she announced her pregnancy.
"It was terrifying at first because I didn’t know how Drew Carey was going to react to my news," Osborne-Smith said. "I thought I was going to have to pick between my personal life and my career. I said to him, 'I have to let you know right now before we move forward because if you don’t want me here we have to talk about it because I am pregnant. I hope you will be supportive of that.'"
She continued, "He was over the moon. And I was, of course, so relieved and elated."
Osborne-Smith confessed that it was in that moment she realized how different Carey's era was from Barker's (she wasn't insinuating that Barker was a bad person).
"He [Carey] was very happy to have the opportunity, through me, to prove the type of man he was and how different he was than Bob Barker’s era," explained Osborne-Smith. "He celebrates women and uplifts them. He thinks it’s magic and incredible women have babies...He supported me throughout the whole time."
Osborne-Smith's feelings towards Carey continue to be positive even though they no longer work together.
"I will always be grateful to Drew," she said. "Before I was married, I was a single mother with a daughter and he held a high respect for me because of that. I was working with such a respectable man. I’ve never had any concerns of sexual harassment with him. It was actually the opposite. I was embraced and empowered by working with him."
She revealed that Carey was "teary-eyed" when she announced her departure from the show, but "he was happy for me."
"He and I are good friends and he knows the journey I’ve been on behind the scenes in terms of production and creating," she added.
Amidst all the harassment, bullying and sexual assault allegations that have been coming out of Hollywood, it is a breath of fresh air to hear some nice things being said about a man who has been an influential part of the entertainment industry.
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