Price Is Right temporarily shuts down after Drew Carey’s ex-fiancée’s death
The Price Is Right has temporarily halted production in the wake of host Drew Carey’s former fiancée’s untimely death. Carey was previously engaged to therapist Dr. Amie Harwick, who was murdered in her home on Saturday, February 15, 2020, by a man she dated nearly 10 years ago.
The Price is Right producers confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that all tapings of the show have been postponed until the week of Feb. 24 or March 2, presumably to give Carey the space he needs to grieve.
After her death, Carey’s rep released this statement on his behalf:
“Amie and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime. She was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about her work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving myself and everyone who loved Amie privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.”
Carey and Harwick met in 2017, got engaged in 2018, but called it off a few months later. The day after Valentine’s Day, Harwick was found unresponsive below her third-story balcony in her Hollywood Hills home with injuries that the Los Angeles Police Department said (via NBC News) were “consistent with a fall.” Her ex-boyfriend Gareth Pursehouse was arrested for her murder and posted $2 million bail on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Tragically, Harwick had a restraining order against Pursehouse that recently expired and she had expressed her fears about Pursehouse with the LAPD not long before her death.
After Harwick’s death, Carey shared a petition urging lawmakers to change the current laws that are supposed to protect victims of domestic violence and address restraining orders.
The petition was created by Harwick’s friend Diana Arias, who explained the tragic history surrounding Harwick and the ex-boyfriend that took her life.
“Amie had a restraining order in place against a violent ex boyfriend she dated over a decade ago. The restraining order had expired before her untimely death,” Arias writes in the petition. “In the last week of January 2020, this ex boyfriend attended an event, at which she was making an appearance, and continued his harassment of her. He began to stalk her thereafter and on late Valentine’s night decided to attack her in her own home.”
In her petition, Arias calls for four significant changes to the current laws surrounding restraining orders. She calls for restraining orders without expiration dates; mandatory counseling for the stalker; victims not having to testify in a courtroom close to their abuser; and a national registry of sex offenders.
If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and their online chat is available 24/7.