(UnitedVoice.com) – Bob Barker was one of the most famous television personalities in American history. He hosted the iconic television show “The Price Is Right” for 35 years. Sadly, he recently passed away.
On August 26, Barker died at his home in Hollywood Hills, California, from natural causes at the age of 99. Roger Neal, the celebrity’s spokesperson, announced his death.
From 1956 to 1974, Barker hosted a show “Truth or Consequences.” In 1972, he began hosting “The New Price Is Right.” CBS later dropped the “New” from the show. Contestants on the show guess the price of products in order to win prizes and money. Over the nearly four decades he hosted the show, he saw tens of thousands of contestants take the stage. During his stint on the show, he won 18 Daytime Emmy Awards, including four for his role as executive producer. In 1999, Barker won a Lifetime Achievement Emmy.
Barker didn’t just host the television show, he appeared in the classic Adam Sandler film “Happy Gilmore.” He played himself in the film and beat up Sandler’s character on the golf course.
Sandler commented on his friend’s death in a post on X, formerly Twitter. The actor called Barker a “legend” and said he would miss him. He called the day “heartbreaking” and sent love to the star’s loved ones.
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! pic.twitter.com/hhZvYAQUK3
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) August 26, 2023
Barker’s love for animals transcended his love for his career. He used to be the master of ceremonies for Miss Universe and Miss USA but resigned in 1988 because fur coats were given out as prizes. He ended his show by telling “The Price Is Right” viewers to spay and neuter their pets. Barker also had a feud with the late Betty White, calling her his “sworn enemy” once because she was an ally of zoos and fought to keep a captured elephant in Los Angeles.
Barker will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in a small private ceremony next to his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, who died in 1981 from lung cancer.
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