Barker’s publicist, Roger Neal, shared the sad news, saying, “We are deeply saddened to let everyone know that the incredible Bob Barker has left us. He was one of the greatest MCs in the world.”
When Barker was chosen to host “The Price Is Right” in 1972, it turned out to be a fantastic decision. The show had lost its popularity over the years and had even been canceled by two networks before landing on CBS.
However, Barker brought new life to the show with his unique style, and it continued to air for many years after he retired.
Barker had a remarkable career that spanned over 50 years on television. He started as the host of “Truth or Consequences” in 1956 and retired from “The Price Is Right” in 2007.
Robert Thompson, an expert in TV and popular culture, explained that Barker’s long career and his ability to connect with regular people made him an iconic game show host.
Barker was born in Washington in 1923 and had a challenging childhood. He moved around different places with his mother after his father’s death. He joined the Navy and later went to college. He got his start in radio and eventually moved to California, where he began hosting game shows like “Truth or Consequences.”
He is best remembered for his role in “The Price Is Right,” where he gave away exciting prizes, including cars. Barker was also known for hosting beauty pageants and the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade.
In the mid-1990s, Barker faced a difficult situation when a former model from his show accused him of inappropriate behavior. Despite the controversy, Barker continued his work and even received an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Aside from his television work, Barker was a passionate animal rights activist. He ended each episode of his show by encouraging people to spay or neuter their pets. He founded a charity to help with these efforts.
Barker’s legacy includes his dedication to animal welfare. In 2013, he donated a large sum to move elephants from a zoo to a sanctuary. He cared deeply about animals and worked to expose cruelty in the entertainment industry.
In 2013, Barker made a surprise return to “The Price Is Right” and shared that he missed the show and the people. His kindness and impact on television will be remembered by many.