The Price is Right has been a gameshow staple on CBS for decades. You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know how the game works, and there are generations of fans who know that you never bid high, especially in the opening round on Contestants Row. But someone forgot to tell that to “Corey.” When the item up for bid was revealed, a simple hammock valued at $880, Corey guessed the retail price at $7,000. Seven grand. For a hammock.
Host Drew Carey could barely keep a straight face and even Corey’s fellow contestants were shocked at the astronomical guess. Needless to say, Corey didn’t win the item, nor did he advance to the next round. Boston.com called Corey’s guess “the worst ever” and AOL has reported that many fans believe that Corey didn’t know how the show works. Regardless of his level of knowledge, his bid will go down in history as one of the highest, as he overbid by a cool $6,100.
The Price is Right has been on the air since 1956, and, as reported by The Inquisitr, is television’s longest running game show. It was originally hosted by Bill Cullen but became a true hit once Bob Barker took over the hosting duties. Barker hosted the show for 40 years and himself became a cultural icon, appearing as himself in Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore, in addition to his tireless work in asking viewers to help control the pet population by spaying and neutering their pets.
Fans couldn’t wait to make it to the showcase showdown under Barker, and the game’s simple premise of guessing prices on goods and services resonated with many people. The feature games added skill and luck with games like “Plinko” and “Price Match,” and the big prize each episode was always “a new car!” The hostesses who showed off the items and prizes were called “Barker’s Beauties,” and they became icons onto themselves. Barker stepped away from the show in 2006 and was replaced by comedian and sitcom star Drew Carey. Carey has hosted ever since and has made strides in making the show his own.
Have you ever had dreams of going on The Price is Right? Would you ever bid as high as Corey did?