Monday, September 12, 2005

The Price is Right...D'oh!

From the New York Daily News:

Destination's wrong on 'The Price Is Right'
There were red faces at CBS yesterday - and profuse apologies - after the network broadcast a rerun of "The Price Is Right" that included a "showcase" prize package featuring a trip to New Orleans.

"You and a guest will fly round-trip coach from Los Angeles to New Orleans for a six-night stay at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, within walking distance to the French Quarter," the announcer boomed as host Bob Barker and contestants Shannan and Jeri Sue stood listening onstage.

In the final moments of the show - originally aired in December - Shannan overbid on the New Orleans package and thus didn't win the trip.

After the episode aired in most of the country - in the East, Central and Mountain Time Zones - mortified network execs killed it for the West Coast.

CBS spokeswoman Beth Haiken said in a statement: "Trips to New Orleans are frequently offered as travel prizes on 'The Price Is Right.' Out of consideration for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, we made every effort to pull all repeat episodes from circulation that feature trips to New Orleans.

"However, this one episode was unfortunately overlooked … and the content of all other episodes scheduled for rebroadcast has been carefully reviewed to prevent this from recurring. Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave citizens of the Gulf Coast."

Enough said.


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