Sounds like Bob’s backpedaling.

Bob Barker, the legendary retired host of The Price is Right, is backing off criticism he made of his successor Drew Carey in a video uploaded to TMZ.com on Tuesday.

“I tried to make the show really exciting and uh, he doesn’t do that. He just plays the games,” Barker said. A day later, Bob’s telling Entertainment Weekly that it would be “idiocy” to slam Carey, who he thinks is actually quite “charming.”

Yeah sure, Bob.

Barker said he never meant to disparage his replacement as host of America’s longest-running game show.

“He’s a charming man, and kind and gracious,” the 35-year host told EW.com. “To think that I would say anything derogatory about him is idiocy.”

In fact, the outspoken advocate for animals, now 85, “would be a fool” to slam Carey, in part because he has a financial stake in TPIR’s continued success.

“I would not criticize Drew Carey. I would not criticize this show. I would not criticize CBS … because I have a sizable royalty that I am paid every year this show is on, and it’s going on for years. I would be an absolute fool. I hope this show stays on for years.”

In June 2007, Barker retired after a 50-year career in showbiz — including 6,586 episodes on the CBS game show — relinquishing the legendary slender mike to Carey.



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