Tuesday, October 31, 2006

BOB BARKER CALLS IT QUITS

Well some big game show news to report. Bob Barker has called it a career as host of The Price is Right. He'll be stepping down as host of the show after the taping for this season ends in December, when he turns 83.

The question now is whether this show can go on being successful without Barker as host. Short answer is no. This show has jumped the shark, period. It's over.

You know, there have been a lot of changes with that show over the years that a lot of people haven't been too thrilled about. You had these announcers who died, and you also had all these Barker's Beauties models who were popular on the show, but who exited under infamous circumstances. I know that Dian Parkinson sued for sexual harassment, and lots of other models were fired. Personally, I thought the series was done when gorgeous Janice Pennington left, but with Barker gone this show really is finished. Barker held what was left of the show together, what with Pennington and the rest of these babes thrown onto the street. You tuned in to still see him say "have your pet spayed and neutered!" because you could no longer care about the rest of this show.

The only reason to tune in was because it was a link to your childhood, seeing that this show was still on with the same people on it, and the same cheesy 1970s sets. But none of the people on it before are there anymore and if Barker won't be there, either, what's the point? It's like having The Match Game without Gene Rayburn, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson, and everyone else on that panel.

Now they are looking for a new host. Who will it be? Bob Goen of ET fame? I heard Tom Bergeron's name mentioned- he hosted Hollywood Squares. Maybe they'll bring Chuck Woolery out of the crypt, ex-Wheel of Fortune. Don't tell me they're going to get Ryan Seacrest. How about Howie Mandel. Yecch.

Hard to believe, but this show actually did have different hosts at various points in time. For many years Bill Cullen hosted the original version of The Price is Right, but that show was very different in many ways and they completely revamped it for CBS in 1972. And I remember there was a nighttime syndicated version back in the 1970s hosted by, of all people, Dennis James.

Anyway, probably better for Barker to go out now--- before he dies or something like that.

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