12 Actors Who Became TV Hosts

From Bill Maher to Mario Lopez, these thespians like it better on the other side of the interview table

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Drew Carey

After starting out as a stand-up comedian (Johnny Carson even invited Carey to sit on his couch following Carey’s debut appearance on The Tonight Show in 1991 – a rare honor at the time – and called him "funny as hell"), Carey spent nine seasons as a Dilbert-esque middle-management office worker on The Drew Carey Show, a sitcom heavily populated by musical numbers, live episodes and Buzz Beer. But in 2007, Cleveland’s native son became part of a true American institution when he scored the hosting gig for The Price Is Right. Carey inherited the models, the kisses from female contestants and the supertall microphone. Another tradition the previously crew-cut-sporting and now-slimmed-down Carey inherited from former host Bob Barker? Carey still implores viewers to get their pets spayed or neutered at the close of every show. 

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