‘The Price Is Right’: Bob Barker, 97, Opens Up About Hosting the Game Show Ahead of 50th Season

by John Jamison

Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, and Bob Barker. They’re some of the most iconic game show hosts of all time. And even though Sajak and Trebek have had longer runs, Bob Barker’s 35 years hosting “The Price is Right” are right on par with those other legends. Recently, the 97-year old Barker reflected on his storied career on the game show with its 50th season right around the corner.

Bob Barker started on “The Price is Right” in 1972. The game show was a reboot from an earlier 1950s version. Barker himself had a fair amount of hosting experience by the time the show came along. He was the host of “The New Truth and Consequences” from 1956 to 1975.

Barker finally retired from the iconic game show in 2007 at the age of 83. Now 97, he talked to People about his favorite part of hosting the show.

“I’m often asked what I loved most about my years with ‘Price,’ and the first thing that pops to mind is … the money, of course! All kidding aside, there was much to love. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated and talented cast and crew for 35 great years,” Barker told People. “Particularly close to my heart was the ability our vast popularity gave me to remind our entire audience daily about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.”

Bob Barker is famously a major animal rights activist. And a few years into his run on “The Price is Right,” he began to sign off each night with the pet reminder. It was stuff like that which made him and the game show wildly popular.

Drew Carey Took Over as Host of ‘The Price is Right’

Taking over from someone who made a game show what it was is no easy feat. We’ve seen how much time “Jeopardy!” has taken in its search of the permanent replacements for the late Alex Trebek. Well, Bob Barker is similarly iconic.

So when Drew Carey, the host of “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” was tapped as Barker’s replacement, the pressure was on.

“I knew I could never be Bob, and I wasn’t going to try to be Bob,” Carey told People. “We went out to lunch, and his advice was, ‘Don’t try to copy me. Just make it your own show.'”

And make it his own show he did. Now 15 years into his tenure on “The Price is Right,” Drew Carey is putting together a pretty legendary run himself.

“There’s so many things that have happened in my personal life while I’ve been on this show. My son Connor is 16 now, and I’ve watched him grow up. In a lot of ways I feel like I’ve been here my whole life,” Carey continued.