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Drew Carey Says ‘Price is Right’ Contestants Get Drunk or High on Gummies

Drew Carey Reveals The price is correct Players sometimes need some liquid courage before they come down!

Although the contestants – who are picked from the live studio audience – are the host’s “favorite part of the show,” Carey, 66, revealed that he can see some drinking alcohol or using other recreational substances before taking the stage.

“They’ll have a (marijuana) gummy or I’ll smell alcohol on their breath. Not unusual,” he told TV Insider. “There was a guy here who tripped over mushrooms. He came with a bunch of friends.”

Drew Carey hosts ‘The Price Is Right’.

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Carey revealed that it was only later that he realized the contestant was under the influence. The player was a “sketch (comedy) man” he later encountered at the United Citizens Brigade comedy theater.

“They said something like, ‘Did you see that guy who claimed to be a skateboarding rabbi?’” he recalls. “I asked him what he did for a living. And he said, ‘I’m a skateboarding rabbi.’ He didn’t think he was going to get picked, and he was totally tripping.”

Although Carey encounters a lot of crazy characters, he says he has the most fun with the candidates on the show.

Drew Carey on “The Price is Right”.

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“They are normal people living normal lives,” he explained. ‘There are no CEOs, no ultra-rich upper management. They don’t come The price is right. These are middle class, working class. Any religion. It’s a cross-section of America.”

He continued: “Ordinary people are more interesting than celebrities. Honestly. They’ve all had to overcome their own problems and their own demons to live their own special lives. I learn more from them than from anyone else.”

In 2007, Carey took over hosting of the beloved show from Bob Barker. He has since made the show his own with a new set, logo and theme music, while cementing his place in game show history.

While speaking exclusively to PEOPLE at CBS’ May 2 fall schedule celebration, the longtime game show host revealed he had no plans to retire — in fact, Carey said he plans to leave his role to fulfill until his grave.

“Thoughts of dying on stage with a microphone in my hand have crossed my mind,” he said, laughing. “I never want to leave. I’m having such a good time there. Everyone treats me great and the cast is great and the production office is great.”

“I really feel supported, loved and wanted there,” Carey continues. “When you’re 65 and in the entertainment business, you don’t come across that very often. I’m in a pretty rare situation, so I want to keep that going as long as possible.”

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The price is correct airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on CBS.