Why did you decide to host The Price Is Right? Jason Chastain, MESA, ARIZ.
At first, I said no. I thought, Never take over for a legend because people just treat you badly. It is kind of like marrying a mom with a 15-year-old who keeps saying, "You're not my dad." But CBS casting kept coming after me and made sure I came to Jesus. And then I realized, I would give away prizes all day. That isn't a job. That's a good time.
Will you bring more of an edge to the show? Tell me you will use a cordless microphone! Ed Schofield, CLARKSTON, MICH.
[Laughs.] I am going to use a cordless microphone, and there is a new coat of paint, but nothing else will change. The games and sets are all the same. I won't be doing a Bob Barker impression. I can't be dirty like I am in my act. I am just going to be myself, and people will accept it or not.
Who would win in a showcase showdown, you or Bob Barker? Michael Debre, CHICAGO
Bob Barker. He knows the prices of everything. I would have to know what Broyhill furniture costs. [Laughs.] And I have no idea. I am not savvy with prices. The only thing I am aware of [when I shop] is if I can get to the car in one trip.
Will you support your hometown by wearing a Cleveland shirt every day on the show? Please. Mark Van Steenberg, CLEVELAND
Probably not. I will have to wear a suit--maybe a Cavaliers tie. Hopefully, we can give away a trip to Cleveland in the showcase. Who wants to go to Hawaii and Mexico when you can go to Cleveland?
I know you also do sports photography, covering men's soccer. Will you continue to follow the U.S. men's team? Doug Harner, LONG ISLAND, N.Y.
I would like to, but it depends on my schedule. I am doing two shows now (The Price Is Right, Power of 10) and stand-up. When I thought I was retired, I wanted to travel around the world and watch soccer games. But sports photography isn't something you just pick up overnight. You can't do it once a year for fun and expect to do a good job. And I take pride in what I do.
You seem busy. Will you continue to perform stand-up comedy? Dan Bell, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Absolutely. Especially now that I am on TV, and I can charge more money. [Laughs.] Hopefully during breaks and in the summer, I can do a couple of tours. After all, game shows are not like working in a coal mine.
Do you miss Whose Line Is It Anyway? Christian Naquin, BATON ROUGE, LA.
Terribly. I would have loved to do that show for the rest of my life. It was fun, great money and easyeverything you want in a job. It should have been on forever, and I don't know why it got canceled. And if different people were making the decisions, it could still be on the air. There is always a chance [it could come back], but it would be pretty expensive to get the rights.
Did your experience in the Marine Corps Reserve help you as an entertainer? Carson Sparrow, NORTH BATTLEFORD, SASK.
No. I just had to get out on my own. I didn't have a place to live, and I was sleeping on my brother's couch. He bought my underwear and socks. The Marines was a fresh startthat is why they shave your head. I wish they would let you change your name.
Have you ever thought of running for public office? Phillip Andrews, SANTA FE, N.M.
I won't be running, but I am probably going to accept a trustee position for the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank. I never thought I was a libertarian until I picked up Reason magazine and realized I agree with everything they had printed.
Do you ever need a break from trying to be funny? Ju Huang, STAMFORD, CONN.
For me, that's like asking, Do you need a break from being happy? God, I hope not. There is no such thing as too much fun. People need to know it is O.K. to tell jokes and be happy.