Just over a month ago speculation was rampant about Rich Fields leaving The Price is Right, and now it looks like a done deal. Apparently Price will be holding a series of on-air auditions, and these auditions will begin on Monday.
We have no details at this point as to why or how this happened, or whether Fields left or was let go. I'm sure the rumors will be swirling quite a bit until the truth comes out.
No matter what the reasons are behind Fields' departure, I wish him the best in whatever direction his career takes him. It's hard to imagine The Price is Right without him, especially considering the great chemistry he's had with host Drew Carey for the past few years. That said, best of luck to those auditioning for the gig. Fields' replacement will have big shoes to fill, but I'm confident the right announcer will be found.
Update: Rich Fields has addressed the situation, and you can see his statement over at his website. It seems that, rather than an announcer, Price will be auditioning for an improv comic to take Fields' place. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. It could definitely work, but it's a very big leap from what we're used to. I'm not one of those people who freaks out when things change, but I'm not sold on having a comic instead of an announcer for this particular game show.
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