‘The Price is Right’ celebrates Bob Barker’s 96th birthday as ‘most blessed of days’

Bob Barker
Posted at 7:17 PM, Dec 12, 2019

Bob Barker, the longtime iconic host of “The Price is Right,” celebrated his 96th birthday Thursday.

Drew Carey, who took over hosting duties from Barker in 2007, shared a heartfelt message at the end of Thursday’s show.

“Thanks for tuning in on this most blessed of days. Happy 96th birthday to Bob Barker,” Carey said as the audience erupted into cheers and applause. “[I’m] standing on the shoulders of giants here.”

Barker, who won 19 Daytime Emmy Awards andalso received an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999, ended each episode of the “The Price is Right” with the line, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

Barker contributed $5 million to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a marine wildlife and environmental protection group, to help end international whaling. The society named a ship in their fleet the “Bob Barker.” He has also donated $3.1 million to his alma mater Drury University.

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1950-1956 – Host of radio program “The Bob Barker Show.”

1956-1975Host of game show “Truth or Consequences” on NBC.

1966-1987Host of the “Miss Universe” and “Miss USA Beauty Pageants.” Resigns after pageant officials refuse to stop giving fur coats as awards.

1969-1988Emcees the New Year’s Day “Tournament of Roses Parade.”

September 4, 1972 – Premiere of “The Price Is Right” on CBS with Barker as host.

1972-2007 – Host of “The Price Is Right.”

1994 – Dian Parkinson, a former model on “The Price is Right,” sues Barker for sexual harassment. Barker admits to an affair with Parkinson, but says it was consensual. The lawsuit is dropped in 1995.

1995 Founds the DJ&T Foundation to help fund low-cost pet neutering. The foundation is named after his wife, Dorothy Jo and his mother, nicknamed Tilly.

1996Wins an MTV Movie Award for “best fight scene” for his cameo appearance and brawl with Adam Sandler in “Happy Gilmore.”

March 11, 1998 – “Stage 33” at CBS Television City in Los Angeles is renamed “Bob Barker Studio” after the 5,000th episode of “The Price Is Right.”

1999 – Wins an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

2002 Suffers a stroke and undergoes prostate surgery.

April 26, 2002Breaks Johnny Carson’s record for continuous performances on the same network television show, with 29 years, seven months and 22 days.

June 26, 2004 – Is inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

October 31, 2006Announces his upcoming retirement for June 2007.

March 20, 2007 – The LA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals honors Barker with their President’s Award.

May 17, 2007 – “Bob Barker: A Celebration of 50 Years on Television,” a tribute to his 50-year career, 35 of which were on “The Price Is Right,” airs on CBS.

June 15, 2007 – Barker’s last episode as host of “The Price is Right” airs.

November 14, 2007 – Is inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

April 6, 2009 – Hachette/Center Street publishes Barker’s first memoir “Priceless Memories.”

March 10, 2010 – A ribbon cutting ceremony is held in Los Angeles for the opening of a new office for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The building is named for Barker, who donated $2.5 million to PETA to purchase and renovate the property.

November 2, 2011 – Barker urges the passage of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act. He states that traveling circuses rely on animals that are trained to do tricks and this is accomplished with acts of cruelty.

December 12, 2013 – Returns to “The Price is Right” to celebrate his 90th birthday.

October 20, 2015 – Is hospitalized after tripping and hitting his head on a sidewalk.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.