“Legendary Game Show Host Bob Barker Passes Away at 99 – His Impact on TV and Animal Rights Will Amaze You!”

Game Show Host Bob Barker Passes Away

A spokesperson shares that the well-known game show host, Bob Barker, who gained household fame as the host of “Truth or Consequences” and “The Price is Right” for over half a century, has passed away at his home in Los Angeles. Bob Barker was 99 years old.

According to publicist Roger Neal, Barker, who was also an animal rights advocate for a long time, passed away on Saturday morning.

“Nancy Burnett,” a close friend and caregiver of Bob Barker for many years, stated in a statement, “I take great pride in the pioneering work that Bob and I accomplished, including raising awareness about cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry and working to improve the conditions of abused animals at both the national and international levels.”

In June 2007, Bob Barker bid farewell to his studio audience with these words: “For over 50 years, I thank you for inviting me into your homes, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Barker was working in radio in 1956 when producer Ralph Edwards invited him to audition for the role of the new host of “Truth or Consequences,” a game show in which contestants had to perform bizarre stunts – “consequences” – if they failed to answer questions – “truths” – which were always a tricky riddle that couldn’t be easily answered. (Question: What did one eye say to the other? Answer: Between you and me, something smells.)

In a 1996 interview with the Associated Press, Bob Barker recalled the moment he knew he got the job: “I know exactly where I was, I know exactly how I felt: I hung up the phone and said to my wife, ‘Dorothy Jo, I’ve got it!'”

Barker remained with “Truth or Consequences” for 18 years, including several years in the syndicated version.

During that time, in 1972, he began hosting the revived version of “The Price is Right.” (The original host in the 1950s and 60s was Bill Cullen.) It became the longest-running game show on television and the final game show on a broadcast network. In the early days of television, his audience numbered in the millions.

“I am in the service of the elderly,” the silver-haired, always deeply-tanned Bob Barker quipped on primetime television in the 1990s.

In total, he taped over 5,000 shows in his career. He said he continued working because “I’m at the age where it’s the constant effort to stay physically present and continue to do the show that means so much to me.”

“Better to leave after a year than to leave too soon.” “Comedian Drew Carey was chosen to take his place. In April 2009, they returned to host a show with Barker Carey. They went there to promote their memoir ‘Priceless Memories,’ where they described the joy of seeing themselves in the host’s role as ‘an opportunity for people to see themselves.’ For the excitement and laughter it brings.

He understood the appeal of ‘The Price Is Right’ well, inviting viewers to ‘come on down!’ On stage, he competed for prizes by estimating their actual retail prices. He once said, ‘Anyone can relate to prices, even the President of the United States. Everyday viewers join in because they all have an opinion on the bids.’ His appeal was clear: Bob Barker played the game show format or its contestants’ expense with straightforward fun, elegance, and humor.

In 1996, he said, ‘I want the contestants to feel like they’re guests in my home.'” As a television personality, Bob Barker maintained a touch of the old school – for example, he never had a wireless microphone. Just like the microphone, the microphone cord also worked well for him as a prop, flicking it with ease and cleverness.

He said it resulted in a long career. “I got a chance to do this kind of show and found that I enjoyed it… People who do something they thoroughly enjoy and they start it when they’re very young, I don’t think they want to stop.'”

Barker also spent 20 years as host of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. A long-time animal rights activist, who daily implored his viewers to ‘have your pets spayed or neutered’ and successfully campaigned to ban fur coats as prizes on ‘The Price Is Right,’ he left the Miss USA pageant in 1987 in protest of the presentation. Winners were given fur coats.

In 1997, Bob Barker turned down becoming a presenter at the Daytime Emmy Awards because he believed the awards were trivializing the game show by not broadcasting the category. He referred to the game show as a ‘pillar of daytime television.’

In 1996 film ‘Happy Gilmore,’ Barker had a memorable cameo alongside Adam Sandler. Later, he joked, ‘I did ‘The Price Is Right’ for 35 years, and they ask me how it was to beat Adam Sandler.'”

In 1994, Barker was sued for sexual harassment by model Diane Parkinson, who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with him for 18 years. Barker admitted to having had a romantic involvement with Parkinson from 1989 to 1991, but said that he initiated the relationship. Parkinson withdrew her case in 1995, claiming it was affecting her health.

Barker became entangled in controversy with another former ‘Price Is Right’ model, Holly Hallstrom, who claimed she was fired in 1995 because show producers thought she was overweight. Barker denied the allegations.

However, these controversies did not affect his popularity among viewers.

Born in 1923 in Darrington, Washington, Barker spent part of his childhood on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where his widowed mother worked as a schoolteacher. The family later moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he attended high school. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jo Gideon; she passed away in 1981 after 37 years of marriage. They had no children.

In 1999, Barker received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. He concluded his acceptance speech with a signature sign-off: “Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

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