Bob Barker, Affable Host of TV’s ‘Price is Right,’ Mourned at 99

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Tributes are expected shortly for Bob Barker, the affable TV game show host best known for The Price Is Right, who died at age 99 on Saturday, August 26, 2023. The news was shared by his spokesman, Roger Neal, who noted that Barker died of natural causes at his home in the Hollywood Hills. “It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker, has left us,” Neal said in the statement.

Barker is in the Guinness Book of Records for his longevity; he hosted The Price Is Right, the longest-running game show in television history, for 35 years. During his decades-long career, he earned 19 Emmy Awards including one for lifetime achievement in daytime television. Barker, who began hosting the show upon its debut on September 4, 1972, retired from the program in June 2007. He also hosted Truth or Consequences for nearly 20 years. His legacy also includes his tireless efforts for animal rights.

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When Barker retired from The Price Is Right, the hosting duties were taken over by comedic actor Drew Carey who remains in that role. Carey wrote, “There hasn’t been a day on set that I didn’t think of Bob Barker and thank him. I will carry his memory in my heart forever.”

Barker’s final appearance on the show was on April Fool’s Day in 2015 when he appeared unannounced on the show’s intro.

In 1996, he appeared as himself in the Adam Sandler film, Happy Gilmore.

Sandler paid tribute, writing, “The man. The myth. The best. Such a sweet funny guy to hang out with. Loved talking to him. Loved laughing with him. Loved him kicking the crap out of me. He will be missed by everyone I know! Heartbreaking day. Love to Bob always and his family! Thanks for all you gave us!”

Actor Rob Schneider wrote, “One of the nicest things I ever heard in showbusiness was Bob Barker saying, ‘I moved to Hollywood to be an actor and the only person who ever let me do it was Adam Sandler!’

“This scene with them was and will always be absolutely hilarious!
God bless you, Bob.”

A fellow game show veteran paid tribute…

Comedic actress Ruth Buzzi wrote, “A friend once said we must cross a bridge to heaven guarded by every animal we had ever encountered… What a beautiful welcome Bob Barker is having today if that’s true.

“Wonderful neighbor for 4 decades, rest in peace.”

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  1. RockandRollJoe
    #1 RockandRollJoe 26 August, 2023, 15:24

    Another piece of our childhood is gone!

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  2. 122intheshade
    #2 122intheshade 27 August, 2023, 15:48

    Keith Richards once said, if you were of a certain age, the three things you’ve known all your life are: The Sun, The Moon, and The Rolling Stones.

    And Bob Barker. The golf clip is priceless.

    Let us neither forget the PITA fan, the wonderful Joe Flaherty, aka Count Floyd.

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