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ATLANTIC CITY — FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS known the adrenaline rush of being in a superstar boy band, ’N Sync, and earned a whole new audience as a participant in Dancing With the Stars, you might expect Joey Fatone’s current duties as host of The Price Is Right Live at Bally’s to be a brief stopover until he finds something better down the road.
Well, in a way that is true, but not in the way you might expect. Yes, he is working on a movie being shot in Atlantic City during his hours away from The Price Is Right stage, but his dream job would be to continue his hosting duties by taking over for Drew Carey on the television version of the show.
The affable Fatone, who doesn’t even have a hint of the ego one might expect from someone who was an international pop star, really loves game shows and loves being the host of one.
In a chat backstage he explains, “After Dancing With The Stars I hosted a show called The Singing Bee and it was a lot of fun. I thought it was really cool. This [show] was a great opportunity to get my hosting chops back. I always loved The Price Is Right anyway and Fremantle [yes, the same company that produces American Idol] asked me to do The Price Is Right in Las Vegas for two weeks. They loved what I did and then I did Let’s Make A Deal at Foxwoods in Connecticut for three weeks and I guess I didn’t suck there because they asked me to do The Price Is Right in Atlantic City.
“It was perfect timing because I got offered a movie role for a film that is set in Atlantic City. We’re shooting all around, Wildwood, NJ, some in Philly and some here in A.C.”
The movie is called Mancation. Fatone plays the best buddy of a man whose marriage has hit the skids, calling for a trip to Atlantic City where much mayhem takes place. Fatone suggests, “It’s Old School meets The Hangover.”
But back to The Price is Right. Are the live audiences as crazy as the ones we see on TV? “Some of them are crazier. I’m from Brooklyn, so I know how people from the north talk and how they are. One guy gets on stage and says, ‘O.K. Cut the bullshit. Let’s see the showcase, lets go!’ You’ve got to be quick-witted and roll with it.” On the night I attended the show he had some fun with a woman who had made a shirt that said, Gym. Tan. Fatone.
“We decided we were only going to have young people in the audience, young people on stage and young subject matter. Young people, by definition, are much wilder in their lives, much more open. And the show started to go crazy.”
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