Longtime game show host and animal rights activist Bob Barker passed away. He was 99 years old.
Former “The Price Is Right” presenter Barker died peacefully of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Saturday morning, his agent Roger Neal confirmed to The Daily News. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of the world’s greatest MC, Bob Barker,” said Neal.
Nancy Burnet, a longtime friend of Barker’s and overseeing her care for the past few years, is the co-manager of the daytime TV icon’s estate.
“I am proud of the groundbreaking work that Barker and I have done together, including working to expose animal cruelty in the entertainment industry and to improve the plight of abused and exploited animals in the United States and internationally,” Burnet said in a statement. “We were such good friends during these 40 years. We will miss him.”
“Come down!” Barker has been yelling at the studio audience for 35 years. For a chance to win items ranging from cars to holiday packages. At 182 – ten years after taking over the program – he began closing every show, reminding viewers to help control the pet population by neutering their dogs and cats.
Barker hosted the game show “Truth or Consequences” for nearly 20 years before moving on to CBS’s “The Price is Right.”
He wrote about both experiences in his 2009 memoir “Priceless Memories”.
After retiring in June 2007, Barker returned three times to host “The Price is Right.” He last appeared on the April Fools’ Day episode in 2015, and then handed the reins to the comedian. Drew CareyBefore Barker.
Barker was born in Washington state and grew up in the South Dakota area. He married Dorothy Jo Gideon in 1945. They remained together until his death in 1981. They married in 1945 while Barker was on leave from the US Navy.
December 12 would be the century of his life for Barker, who made his movie debut by punching Adam Sandler’s character in the 1996 golf movie “Happy Gilmore,” for which he won an MTV Movie Award.
“I’m old but strong” He told Entertainment Tonight talking about that scene
He said he trained in martial arts for eight years with movie star Chuck Norris, who has always struggled with him.
“But I got Adam!” she made a joke.
Sandler honors his co-star He writes on Instagram: “Adam. Legend. The best. He’s such a sweet, funny guy to hang out with. I loved talking to him. I loved laughing with him. I loved the way he kicked me. Everyone I know will miss him! A heartbreaking day. To Bob and his family.” love always! Thank you for everything you have given us!”
Barker has also appeared in various TV shows such as “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Nanny”.
A long-time vegetarian, Barker will be remembered by many for her animal activism alongside her TV and film work. Animal rights organization PETA, to which Barker has donated large sums of money in addition to being featured in an advertisement, honored Barker’s legacy in a statement released Saturday:
Bob’s influence on the entertainment industry is unquestionable, but most important to him was using his voice and prominent position to protect animals. Surely everyone is familiar with his “neutralize and neuter your pets” post. price is right— a show where she refused to allow fur awards — but she was also one of the first stars to go vegetarian more than 30 years ago. Joined PETA to urge families to stay away Sea Worlddemanded its closure cruel bear pits Begged Hollywood to act on what appear to be tourist attractions Protect animals used in film and TVand as a Navy veteran, he called for an end to the war. military medical exercises on live animals. His generous donation allowed PETA to open its West Coast headquarters. Bob Barker BuildingIn 2012 this stands as a testament to his legacy and his deep commitment to making the world a better place. For us and for many animals around the world, Bob will always be a national animal rights treasure.
In 1988, she announced she was withdrawing from the Miss Universe pageant, which she had hosted for more than 20 years, because officials insisted that entrants be given fur coats.
“As long as they give me fur coats, I can’t do them (competitions)” protested. “This includes morality.”
Although Barker’s image was clean for most of his career, it was not entirely intact. A former “Price Is Right” model sued the show’s star in 1994, accusing her. sexual abuse when they were colleagues. Barker has claimed to have been in a consensual relationship with the Playboy model who turned into “Barker’s Beauty” Dian Parkinson from 1989 to 1991, but denied doing anything wrong. The duo worked together for 18 years.
there was barker various health fears during his long life. These included a partially blocked left carotid artery, stroke, prostate surgery, and skin cancer, according to Distractify. He also required stitches after falling outside of his body in 2015. house in los angeles.
Readers rated Barker TVs second biggest contest host It came only after former “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek in a 2023 poll. Other surveys reversed the order. Trebek lost himself fight pancreatic cancer 80 years old in 2020.
When Barker humorously announced his imminent departure from “The Price is Right” in 2006, he correctly predicted that he would still have a few good years.
“I’ll be 83 years old on December 12,” he told viewers, “And while I was still young, I decided to retire.”