Bob Barker, former ‘The Price Is Right’ game show host, dead at 99
Game show host Bob Barker, a household name for a half-century as host of “Truth or Consequences” and “The Price Is Right,” died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 99 years old.
During his impressive 35-year tenure as the host of “The Price Is Right,” Bob Barker became a fixture in the entertainment world, endearing himself to countless viewers with his charismatic presence. Barker was not only celebrated for his long-running hosting career but also for his passionate advocacy for the humane treatment of animals.
Barker was a longtime animal rights activist and his commitment to animal welfare was equally noteworthy. He used his platform to raise awareness about animal rights and cruelty issues and his legacy as a dedicated animal rights activist was prominent throughout his career. Barker was instrumental in successfully lobbying for the ban on fur coats as prizes on “The Price Is Right,” demonstrating his commitment to animal rights in a tangible and impactful way. He also used his “The Price Is Right” platform to advocate for animal welfare, regularly ending each show with the iconic phrase, “have your pets spayed or neutered,” encouraging responsible pet ownership and population control.
One of his notable acts of advocacy was his decision to host the Miss Universe pageant for several years, only to resign from the role in protest against the pageant’s practice of awarding real fur coats to winners. Bob Barker’s principled stance on this issue demonstrated his dedication to the cause of animal welfare and solidified his reputation as a compassionate advocate.
Barker’s retirement in June 2007 marked the end of an era in television. During his farewell address to his studio audience, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude, saying, “I thank you, thank you, thank you for inviting me into your home for more than 50 years.” These words reflected his deep appreciation for the viewers who had welcomed him into their homes for decades, making him a beloved and enduring presence in the world of entertainment.
Bob Barker made a memorable cameo appearance in the 1996 film “Happy Gilmore,” where he played himself and engaged in a humorous altercation with Adam Sandler’s character, Happy Gilmore. This cameo further solidified his status as a beloved pop culture figure, known not only for his hosting career but also for his ability to bring his unique charm to various entertainment mediums. Barker’s sincere and gracious farewell resonated with his fans, emphasizing the profound connection he had established with his audience over the years. His influence extended far beyond the game show stage, leaving a lasting impact on both the entertainment industry and the world of animal welfare.
Barker’s legacy will be remembered fondly by fans and activists alike.