Bob Barker and The Price Is Right ought to go hand in hand, yet it seems hosting a show for 35 years doesn’t guarantee a person an invite to the 40th anniversary special! The beloved host says it’s “fine,” but die-hard fans aren’t so sure.
For five years The Price Is Right has continued on without longtime host Bob Barker, but does that mean he doesn’t deserve an invite to the show’s 40th anniversary special? We think not!
Weighing in on The Price Is Right invite snub, Bob Barker reveals the show’s producers “chose to ignore me, which is fine.”
In an interview on Tuesday, the 88-year-old added, “They haven’t even offered me a DVD,” while The Price Is Right producers had no comment.
What could have led to bad blood between the iconic game show and its host of 35 years? A beef over beef, actually.
In recent years, Bob Barker has publicly criticized the show for offering fabulous getaways to the likes of SeaWorld and the Calgary Stampede. In his words, “because I have been critical of them for giving away prizes that I consider inappropriate,” noting the two vacation destinations “are notorious for animal abuse.”
Just last year, Bob Barker, known for advising viewers to “help control the pet population: Have your pets spayed or neutered,” at the close of every episode, was photographed alongside fellow celebrity vegetarian Pamela Anderson while receiving a Vegetarian Icon postage stamp honor.
Although insisting he isn’t too torn up about The Price Is Right exclusion, Bob Barker did say, “When you celebrate a 40th anniversary, you would think you’d have the fellow who did the show for 35 years there.”
The 88-year-old had planned to watch current host Drew Carey do the celebratory honors on Tuesday, but had marked the show down as airing on Wednesday by mistake.