Longtime fans of “The Price Is Right” remember host Bob Barker for his show sign-off. Because of it, a building was named in his honor.
Barker, who has been an animal rights advocate for decades, always closed “The Price Is Right” by saying, “Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered today.” It was something Barker could get away doing because he did have some say in how the show was produced. Drew Carey, who now hosts the game show, continues using that sign-off, too.
Because of Barker’s sign-off and advocacy work, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) named a building in his honor.
He donated $2.5 million after he retired from the show so a Los Angeles-area building could become PETA’s West Coast offices. According to an article from Mental Floss, Barker said he wanted to have people look back someday and say, “They were still cutting up animals in laboratories? They had animals doing tricks in circuses?”
Barker is still alive and well at 97 years old. But he left an indelible mark on “The Price Is Right” and fighting for the rights of animals.
‘The Price Is Right’ Sets Prices For Prizes, But Where Do They Come From?
If you know about “The Price Is Right” and how it works on the air, then what is a key element to the show? Prices. After all, the word is in the show’s title.
But where do those prices come from for prizes contestants bid on all the time? Well, here’s Barker talking about it as he once told the Los Angeles Times. He said prices make the show relatable for everyone.
“The reason it was so popular originally and why it is still popular is because of the powerful basic premise of the show—everything is based on prices,” he said. “Everyone identifies with prices.
“The minute we put something up for bid and the contestant makes a bid, the viewer is involved,” Barker said. “Once you become involved, we have accomplished what the producer of every game show wants: viewer involvement. ‘The Price Is Right’ has that to the nth degree.”
He’s right about that for sure. How many of you when watching the game show try and guess the prices? Everyone has at some point. Getting viewers involved keeps them watching beyond just one minute. “The Price Is Right” has a success built in it where it’s about having fun and winning.
Of course, those pricing games keep people hoping that they can come close to the actual retail price themselves.