Legendary game show host Bob Barker passes away at 99

 August 27, 2023

Many were saddened this week to learn that legendary American game show host Bob Barker passed away. 

According to Fox News, Barker died from natural causes at his longtime Hollywood Hills home on Saturday at the age of 99.

Over 50 years as host of "The Price is Right"

Roger Neal served as Barker's publicist, and he provided a statement to the network that read, "It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us."

A 19-time Emmy Award winner, Barker was best known for the 35 years he spent as host of CBS' "The Price is Right," the longest-running game show in North American television history.

Barker hosted over 5,000 episodes of the program before finally announcing his retirement in 2007, telling viewers, "I thank you, thank you, thank you for inviting me into your home for more than 50 years."

Actor Drew Cary replaced Barker, and he honored his predecessor with a tweet, stating, "There hasn’t been a day on set that I didn’t think of Bob Barker and thank him."

Vanna White credits Barker with introducing her to the world of game shows

Other tributes to Barker quickly appeared online, including from fellow gameshow host Vanna White, who tweeted, "When I moved to LA in 1980, I was on Price Is Right and met Bob Barker. Thank you Bob for introducing me to the game show world! We will miss you."

Country music star John Rich spoke up too, tweeting, "We watched Bob Barker all the time growing up, he [was] the best there ever was!"

Barker remembered for his love of animals

Actor James Woods took note of Barker's passing as well, saying, "If you only think of Bob Barker as a world famous game show host, you are missing his greatest contribution."

"He was a leading advocate for animal rights," Woods continued, adding, "His love of our furry friends inspired compassionate movements all over the world, and we humans were better for it."

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