New York (CBS/WVLT) - Drew Carey is the next host of "The Price is Right."
The comedian made the announcement during a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" Monday afternoon.
Carey said he got the phone call sealing the deal from the network while he was waiting to go on. He was already in the building when the call came.
Carey replaces Bob Barker, who hosted the show for a record 35 years before his retirement last month.
The selection attracted more attention than usual for a daytime show because of the prospect of replacing Barker, 83. Barker taped 6,586 episodes of the popular game show.
The opening attracted widespread interest, including from comic Rosie O'Donnell after she left "The View."
Carey, 49, spent a decade on his own ABC sitcom and also was host of the game show "Whose Line is It Anyway?," a comic improvisational show.
He will also be host of a new CBS prime-time game show, "The Power of 10," that will air first next month.
You can see Carey’s announcement on the Late Show with David Letterman, tonight on WVLT following Volunteer TV News NightWATCH at 11:00 p.m.