Bob Barker: Dissing Drew Carey Was "Idiocy"

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Bob Barker regrets coming down so hard on his Price Is Right replacement Drew Carey.

On Tuesday, the retired game show host, 86, suggested to TMZ that Carey was a rather boring host, sniffing: "I tried to make the show really exciting, and he doesn't do that. He just plays the games."

But later that same day, he backtracked. "I would not criticize Drew Carey. I would not criticize this show," he told Entertainment Weekly.

Barker has good motivation to play nice: "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."

Barker retired from the show after 35 years in 2007, when comedian and sitcom star Carey, 52, stepped in.

He told EW that Carey has "been charming and complimentary...kind and gracious. To think that I would say anything derogatory about him is idiocy."

The elder game show legend joked that, going forward, he'll be sure to "keep his mouth" shut when facing reporters.