The Price Is Right: Bob Barker to Retire — Will the Game Show Continue?

The Price is Right host Bob BarkerAfter years of speculation, Bob Barker, the venerable host of CBS’ Price is Right, has announced his retirement. Bob will be 83 in December of this year and says he wants “to retire while I’m still young.”

Bob Barker started his national television career in 1956 as the host of the popular Truth or Consequences after many years in local television and radio markets. Bob became the host of The Price is Right in the Fall of 1972 and has been with the show ever since — outlasting games, “Barker’s Beauties” and two announcing legends, both Johnny Olson and Rod Roddy.

Bob’s been considering retirement for at least ten years but says he was just having too much fun to give it up. But, now that he’s reached a pair of impressive milestones (35 years on The Price Is Right and 50 years on national television), Bob feels the time is right to hang up the mic.

“I’ve gone on and on and on to this ancient age because I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m going to miss it. I’m just reaching the age where the constant effort to be there and do the show physically is a lot for me. I might be able to do the show another year, but better (to go) a year too soon than a year too late,” Bob admitted.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank the television viewers, because they have made it possible for me to earn a living for 50 years doing something that I thoroughly enjoy. They have invited me into their homes daily for a half a century,” he said.

President and CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves said, “We knew this day would come, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Bob Barker is a daytime legend, an entertainment icon and one of the most beloved television personalities of our time.” A primetime special celebrating the long-running show and host is reportedly already in the works.

Does Bob’s retirement spell the end of the popular and long-running daytime game show? Hard to say. Bob Barker and Price have been considered inseparable entities for years and years. Many have believed that his retirement would spell the end of the show. CBS has tried primetime incarnations of the show with other hosts over the years and none have succeeded.

That being said, CBS and Freemantle Media (who produces Price) certainly are not ready to say goodbye to the profitable game show. Freemantle is said to have been looking for a replacement host for the past few years in preparation for Bob’s eventual departure. No word on how soon a new host is expected to be selected.

How will Bob finish his 35 year run? Well, Bob’s last Price will air in June of 2007 and at this point, he plans to treat the final episode like “business as usual.” He intends to end it with his trademark sign-off: “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” I’m guessing Price fans wouldn’t have it any other way. TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Barbara Townes says

    Hi Bob……..I have watched your show for many year’s and always loved it!…..My daughter and my sister both were on your show and will always have fond memories of that.
    Enjoy your retirement…..


  2. Dee Dee says

    Thank you for making this show a big part of my life for the past 35yrs. I am now 36yrs old and have been watching since I was a little girl along w my mom. It made my sick days a whole lot brighter, and I started watching you everyday after I started being a stay at home mom. My two year old enjoyed your final episodes as well while cheering for all of the contestants. Thank you for your years of happiness and I hope you have a great retirement :)

  3. Mrs. Farris Smith says

    BOB BARKER will truly be missed on The Price Is Right!
    I have watched it for 27
    years since staying home
    from work. There is a LOT of
    us wondering WHO will be the next HOST. And one rumor
    is Rosie ODonald????
    If that trashy talking
    person takes over. I SURE
    want be watching and I HOPE
    a lot of sponsers QUIT
    the SHOW::::
    Just my thoughts and I know
    of others WHO FEEL the same way. So CBS consider well
    who you replace an ICON with!

  4. Mrs.Kuara Harrod and Family says

    Thank-you for your show and beening there through my life and my Sons and Hubby,when we were sick,or just having an easy-day.God Bless You and your family and friends at the Price is Right.Love from:Kuara,Murray,Cameron and Blake Harrod of Grimsby,Ont,Canada.xoxoxo.

  5. Joel Mosier says

    I never liked the show, even when I was 5 yrs old. I am so pleased to see the show finally going out the door, I always had better things to do than watch the price is right. Well, each to his own. It’s finally over, thankyou GOD!

  6. Cindy Schykerynec says

    Dear Bob, I am really going to miss you. I have always watched your show and loved you on it. I wish you all the best life has to give you. Sincerely, Cindy

  7. Maria Santana says

    I just wanted to say I enjoy the show very much, Gob bless you always.


    Maria Santana

  8. Dyarl Burns says

    Mr. Bob Barker;
    I am 65 (soon to be 66) years old, and want to tell you that through rough times and good times it has always been a pleasure to watch you and to have you be a part of my life, although it has been just by being able to watch you on TV. I was never fortunate enough to meet you in person, nor to be able to be a part of your live television audience. I want to thank you for staying on the price is right game show, hosting it for as many years as you have, it is or would be hard to think of what the last few years would have been like if you had retired at 65 years old as most people do….Dyarl

  9. Jim and Jane Samms says

    For many years we have watched
    the Price is Right. Thanks
    Bob. Just wish we could have
    met you personally.
    We are seniors and did not have an opportunity to travel to the Show.
    Good Retirement and God Bless.

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