"Early Show" co-anchor Julie Chen got the "skinny" from Carey himself, taking him to play one of his favorite sports: bowling. Chen met up with the professional funny man and avid bowler at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood to find out how he went from a hefty 262 pounds to a healthy 185.
Chen said, "Hey Drew, how are you? Good to see you, you look fantastic!"
Carey answered, "Thanks, I'm working on it."
Chen replied, "Well, it's working!"
Carey responded "Thanks very much."
Twenty years into a successful career, Drew Carey has reinvented himself. The "Price is Right" host stunned audiences recently when he revealed a drastically slimmer physique on the show's season premiere.
Chen asked, "So this is the first time you bowled since you lost 80 pounds. Does it feel different?"
Carey explained, "You know, everything's easier now. Like, when I would host the 'Price is Right,' my feet would ache at the end of the show, I'm carrying so much weight around. Like, I was wearing special shoes. Now I can wear any kind of dress shoe I want. You know, I'm bouncing off the walls, my energy's better."
So what started this all?
Carey said, "I was just sick of being fat, you know? You get sick of it. It just really, it's a tiring lifestyle to have. The easiest diet is, you know, eat vegetables, eat fresh food. Just a really sensible healthy diet like you read about all the time."
Chen remarked, "Yeah, but no one wants to do."
Carey added, "Nobody wants to do it because they think, 'Oh, I could never give up whatever.' But you know, you're stressing your body out. I think better. I work better. I have more energy. I can get more done. Sex, sex life is better. I mean, everything improves."
A revitalized Carey isn't done dropping weight just yet. His goal is to balance the scale at 170 pounds by November, a total loss of more than 90 pounds in 11 months.
Carey said, "One of the blocks I'm having now is, I get so many compliments from people, like, 'Hey, you look great.' You know, girls are like, 'Wow, you look, check you out!' You know, when you're hearing that every day, it's hard to get up and think, 'Wow, I gotta lose this last 15 pounds so I look good.' Cause I'm already getting all these compliments and stuff. So that's a big block for me now. I wish people would start callin' me fat again so I could get that last 15 pounds off!"
The weight loss isn't the only thing making Drew happy these days. Three years after taking over the reins of television's longest continuously-running game show, he just enjoys coming to work every day.
He said, "It's a real, you know, that whole stage, there's such a positive life affirming energy there, that, you know, that stage -- I really do-- you can't ignore the energy there when you walk in. And it's all positive. And everybody there is happy. And they're, like, screaming and happy and jumping up and down and joyous. And you can't, it's like being in a Pentecostal church. It really is. It's like being at -- you know, a really intense yoga class or something like that, where you can't help but walk out with a glow, you know, of joy, because you were in this positive space. And that stage on that set, it's just really positive space. And I'm the one that gets the most of it, you know, by being on there, and the cameramen. You know, and you can't help but be changed by all that."
"Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez added you can track Carey's progress every weekday on "The Price is Right" at 11 a.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m., Pacific, on CBS.