Bob Barker, who was most known as the host of the popular gameshow The Price Is Right for 35 years, has died at the age of 99.
Good Bye, Bob – You Will Be Missed
A staple of daytime television for more than five decades having hosted The Price Is Right and Truth or Consequences, has died, his publicist confirmed. He was 99.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us,” Barker’s publicist Roger Neal said in a statement via Variety.
Barker was born on December 12, 1923, Darrington, Washington, and hosted The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences and made film appearances in Happy Gilmore, Perfect Bid, and Lion Ark.
Bob Barker was a beacon for animal rights. A stalwart supporter of organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and PETA, he even founded the Bob Barker Foundation to promote animal welfare further.
The Price is Right Show Host
Robert William Barker, widely recognized as Bob Barker, wasn’t just an ordinary television personality.
Barker began hosting an adaptation of the popular radio game show Truth or Consequences at NBC in 1956 (it ran through 1975).
He began serving double duty when he also began hosting The Price Is Right in 1972 at CBS, where he remained for 35 years before stepping away in 2007.
Bob Barker History
Born Dec. 12, 1923, in Darrington, Washington, Barker served in the Navy in World War II, though he never participated in combat, and later worked in radio.
He moved to California to pursue broadcasting and hosted the radio program The Bob Barker Show in 1950 before his big TV hosting break with Truth or Consequences.
Bob Barker and his wife Dorothy Jo Gideon.
Bob was married to his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Gideon, for 35 years, who tragically died of lung cancer in 1981. The couple had no children, and Barker never remarried.
After his marriage with Gideon, Barker fell in love with his longtime girlfriend Nancy Burnet, who released a statement to ET following the news of Barker’s death.
“I am so proud of the trailblazing work Barker and I did together to expose the cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry and including working to improve the plight of abused and exploited animals in the United States and internationally,” Burnet shared. ” We were great friends over these 40 years. He will be missed.”
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