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Q&A: What happened to Rich Fields?

What happened to Rich Fields?

What has happened to Rich Fields on The Price Is Right? Is he out sick or on an extended vacation or something? Or is he going to be replaced? I noticed that they have had several different people doing the announcing the past couple of weeks. I also noticed that there was a different guy doing some of the commercials while Rich Fields was still there.

Rich Fields was hired as announcer of The Price Is Right in 2004, when Bob Barker was still the host, and he stayed on when Drew Carey took over the host duties.

On July 16, Fields said he was leaving the show, writing on his website that the executive producer wanted changes. Fields wrote that it was his understanding that the show wanted an announcer with a background in comedy, and that it would be adding live performances by bands.

The Price Is Right is currently rotating three guest announcers: JD Roberto, Brad Sherwood and Jeff Davis.

Last month, Fields was hired as guest announcer for 35 episodes of Wheel of Fortune, extending through February. That job opened up when longtime announcer Charlie O'Donnell died Nov. 1 at the age of 78.

There's chatter that Fields will get the job permanently, but no announcement yet. Fields wrote on his website: "We'll see what happens here in the near future. . . . but in the meantime I'm having a lot of fun."

Fields, who turned 50 on Nov. 30, is a 1979 graduate of Clearwater High School, according to his website. You can read more about him at www.richfields.tv.

Stars genealogy show to return

Is the TV genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? going to return?

According to the NBC website, the show returns at 8 p.m. Jan. 21. It was renewed in April after a successful seven-episode run.

The show films a celebrity tracing his or her family tree. It's produced by Lisa Kudrow, best-known as Phoebe on the long-running show Friends.

Stars tracing their roots in Season 1 were Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee.

No second season for 'Rubicon'

Is Rubicon coming back for a second season?

No. AMC chose not to renew the show after its ratings proved to be low even by cable standards. The network issued a statement, saying: "Rubicon gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we're proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team."

Q&A: What happened to Rich Fields? 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 3:30am]
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