It was a sight for sore eyes: Celebrated game show host Bob Barker returned to “The Price Is Right” on Wednesday to host a portion of the show for April Fools’ Day.
It was as though the 91-year-old Barker had never left the CBS show.
When current host Drew Carey was introduced, Barker walked out instead, suited up and ready to go with his microphone. The audience went nuts.
“What a welcome,” Barker said. “I have never had a welcome like that.”
Barker said he was hosting a portion of the show because he was selected to be its April fool.
“I know the world is full of fools, but I am a carefully selected fool,” he said.
Barker started hosting “The Price Is Right” in 1972 and retired from the job in 2007. On Wednesday’s show, he handled the first item up for bid and the subsequent game, Lucky $even.
Carey resumed hosting after the first commercial break.
This wasn’t Barker’s first recent television appearance. A few weeks ago, he reunited with comedian Adam Sandler for an onscreen rematch of their fistfight in “Happy Gilmore.” The sketch was part of Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars,” a telethon that raises money to support programs and services for people with autism.