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Who will replace Bob Barker? -- We place bets on John O'Hurley, George Hamilton, Dave Price and Rosie O'Donnell

Who will replace Bob Barker?

Who will ''come on down!'' to be the next host of The Price Is Right? It's a (Showcase) showdown! The odds on three candidates and one wannabe.

John O'Hurley
He tripped the light fantastic on Dancing With the Stars, and O'Hurley (a.k.a. Seinfeld's J. Peterman) could prove adept at the delicate tap dancing that's often required on Price — like seeming genuinely gleeful about the cost of a waffle iron and knowing how to gracefully decline a hug and a kiss from a woman (or man). 3-1

George Hamilton
The veteran game-show guest (Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, etc.) is an obvious choice to follow Bob because he's just like Barker: Both are charter members of AARP whose charm and looks appeal to ladies both young and old, and neither has seen his original pigment since the Nixon administration. 6-1

Dave Price
Temperatures would probably rise on The Early Show because the popular weatherman would have to hop a plane almost daily from New York to tape Price, but Price has just enough of the goof gene to make Plinko look like a roarin' good time. And hello? With a name like that, how can you not give him the gig? 12-1

Rosie O'Donnell
Girlfriend wants the job more than anyone — she said as much during a recent taping of The View — but given how she accused American Idol of being ''weightist'' for ousting Frenchie in 2003, we can't see her showing much patience for the size 0 models who try to make a five-piece dinette set look sexy. 100-1

Originally posted Jun 11, 2007 Published in issue #939 Jun 15, 2007 Order article reprints