Rosie O'Donnell Says She's Out Of The Running To Replace Bob Barker

Monday, June 25th 2007, 3:22 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rosie O'Donnell says she's out of the running to replace Bob Barker as host of ``The Price Is Right.''

O'Donnell, a superfan of the CBS game show, said on her blog Friday that she had a ``nice lunch'' with the show's producers.

Barker, 83, retired earlier this month after 35 years with the show, which is filmed in Los Angeles.

Although O'Donnell has said she would love to fill Barker's shoes, the 45-year-old comedian has changed her mind.

``Well, here's the thing: I don't really need a job,'' O'Donnell says in a video posted Sunday on her Web site. ``I'm in a weird position. I don't need the money.''

``So to get my entire family uprooted from their lives and move them across the country so that I can have a fantasy childhood indulgence, you know, job ... it just doesn't seem fair.''

O'Donnell lives in Nyack, N.Y., near New York City, with her partner, Kelli, and their four children. She recently left ABC's ``The View'' after a heated on-air squabble with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

``You know, if they were able to do it in New York, it would be a different story,'' O'Donnell says. ``But it looks like it's _ ain't gonna happen.''

Barker told reporters at the Daytime Emmy Awards he had ``no doubt'' that O'Donnell would make a fine host for the show.

But Barker told The Associated Press last week he never meant to endorse any potential host and has no role in choosing his replacement.

``The Price Is Right'' is on hiatus until the new season starts in the fall.