Drew Carey explains why he covered an estimated ‘$1 million’ food bill for striking writers

Drew Carey picked up a really big tab last year and doesn’t regret it.

The actor and host of The Price is Right covered meals for members of the Writers Guild of America at Bob’s Big Boy and Swingers in Los Angeles during their 148-day strike last year.

Carey appeared at the WGA Awards ceremony on Sunday night, where he joked about the bill they rang up.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 14: Drew Carey speaks onstage during the 2024 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles Ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium on April 14, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Writers Guild of America West)

“Honestly, I didn’t know it was going to cost me so much money,” Carey said on stage.

“The last time, I think the total bill (during a 2007 strike) was like $US67,000, 15 years ago.

“I thought it was going to be about the same thing, but then some of you decided, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to get a shake and dessert.'”

He said his accountant called him up concerned about how long the strike was going on.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: People picket outside of Paramount Pictures studios during the Hollywood writers strike on May 4, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Scripted TV series, late-night talk shows, film and streaming productions are being interrupted by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. In 2007 and 2008, a WGA strike shut down Hollywood productions for 100 days, costing the local economy between $2 billion and $3 billion. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

“When the bills started piling up, my accountant called and was like, ‘Is there any way we can dial this back?'” he said.

But Carey kept on paying, he said Sunday, because “it was the right thing to do.”

“You writers, well not all of you, the Drew Carey Show writers – made me a f—ing million.

“Everybody in this room makes some actor a million. And you deserve all the money you get.”

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Drew Carey attends the 36th annual T.J. Martell Foundation's Honors gala at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on November 3, 2011 in New York City.

Carey reportedly spent an estimated $US1 million (approx $1.6 million) on the meals.

“Deeply appreciate all the love and thanks. It was [worth] every dime. But if you really want to thank someone for those meals, thank Bruce Helford and all the Drew Carey Show writers,” Carey wrote on X in September.

“They helped make me rich enough to afford it, No writers, no $. Simple as that.”

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