Price Is Right Snubs Barker
Anniversary special producers 'chose to ignore me,' says host
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 9:41 AM CDT
This June 6, 2007 file photo shows game show host Bob Barker gesturing during the taping of his final episode of "The Price Is Right" in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

(Newser) – The Price Is Right 40th anniversary special aired yesterday, and considering that it included contestants from the past four decades, you'd probably assume it would also have included the show's host of 35 years. But, nope, though Bob Barker was shown in a few clips, he wasn't actually invited to be on the show. Producers "chose to ignore me, which is fine," the 88-year-old Barker tells the AP. "They haven't even offered me a DVD."

No comment from the producers, but Barker has a theory: He's an animal activist, and has scolded the show for giving away "inappropriate" prizes like tickets to Sea World and the Calgary Stampede, both of which "are notorious for animal abuse," Barker says. While he hosted, Barker convinced the show to stop giving fur and leather clothing as prizes. "Had I been the executive producer," he adds, "they would not have even considered bringing me tickets to the Calgary Stampede of all things."