Bob Barker says he wasn't invited to 'The Price Is Right' 40th anniversary
Bob Barker claimed in a recent interview that he was not asked to be a part of the recent "Price is Right" 40th anniversary show.
The show aired on Tuesday, September 4, and according to an interview Barker did with The Associated Press, the show's producers "chose to ignore me, which is fine."
"When you celebrate a 40th anniversary, you would think you'd have the fellow who did the show for 35 years there," he later added.
Barker began hosting the show in 1972. He retired and passed on hosting duties to Drew Carey in 2007. Barker, 88, is a noted animal rights activist and used to end a "Price is Right" broadcast encouraging viewers to help control the pet population by having the pets spayed or neutered.
He told the Associated Press that he suspected his criticism of the game show since he left the series led to his absence for the anniversary special.
"I have been critical of them for giving away prizes that I consider inappropriate," Barker said.
Instances include the show awarding tickets to Sea World and Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo and festival held in July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Barker also noted that during his time as host he got the show to stop giving out fur coats and leather jackets as prizes.
"We really became very careful about what we put on the show," Barker told the wire service. "Had I been the executive producer, they would not have even considered bringing me tickets to the Calgary Stampede of all things."
Barker's last appearance on the show was in 2009.
Spokespeople for CBS had no official comment on Barker's remarks. Clips of Barker from past episodes were used during the show.
The anniversary show welcomed back fan favorite contestants from the show's 40-year history including the first contestant to win the show's first showcase in 1972. The show also lifted a 10-year ban placed on winning contestants from appearing on the show so that past participants could be brought back for the anniversary.
Carey also ended the show with Barker's signature sign off, "Help control the pet population: Have your pets spayed or neutered."
The show previously made headlines in August when it announced its first search for a male model to join the show. It will be the first time in the show's 40-year history that a man will appear on the show as a model presenting items to contestants.