Bob Barker's legacy as the iconic host of "The Price Is Right" was commemorated in a special tribute episode, helmed by his successor Drew Carey. A noteworthy fixture on television since 2007, Barker's remarkable contributions were celebrated on a recent episode of the long-standing daytime game show.
Drew Carey, who took over the reins from Barker, led the touching tribute with heartfelt words. He acknowledged Barker's enduring impact, stating, "Most people remember Bob from the 35 years he spent hosting The Price Is Right." Carey, age 65, eloquently recounted Barker's diverse achievements, highlighting his earlier role as a radio host and his service as a naval aviator during World War II.
Carey also emphasized Barker's passionate animal advocacy, which extended from whales and elephants to domestic pets, urging viewers to have their pets spayed or neutered. Praising Barker's extraordinary skills, Carey characterized him as "the master of the game." Carey lauded Barker's ability to ensure that the contestants remained the focal point of the show, reaffirming that they were "the real stars of the show." Carey's tribute underscored Barker's natural aptitude for his role, which he carried out with grace and expertise.
Barker's Milestones and Enduring Tribute
The episode featured a poignant flashback, with Barker sharing insights into his television career's inception after his military service in 1972. Barker's journey encompassed numerous milestones, including hosting thousands of episodes and earning the distinction of presiding over the longest-running game show in television history.
Among the numerous achievements, Barker held a special place in his heart for the moment when CBS honored him by renaming the show's soundstage as "The Bob Barker Studio." A flashback showcased Lucy Johnson, the former SVP of daytime programming at CBS, officially announcing the tribute.
She praised Barker's 26 years at CBS and the celebration of his 5,000th episode, a testament to his enduring influence and dedication to the show. In a somber yet celebratory tone, Drew Carey encapsulated the sentiment of the tribute, concluding, "Today, we celebrate Bob's legacy with a look back at some of the incredible moments of his time here on The Price Is Right.
This is for you, Bob." The tribute episode paid homage to a television legend whose impact remains etched in the annals of broadcasting history.