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Bob Barker was mentioned on Btvs, now he is retiring

Friday 3 November 2006, by Webmaster

From Season 5 Episode 18 "Intervention" :

SPIKE: It’s that guy... on TV ... what’s his name?
GLORY: (frowns) On the television?
SPIKE: That show ... the prize show ... where they guess what stuff cost?
MURK: The Price Is Right?
JINX: Oh, Bob Barker!
MURK: We will bring you Bob Barker! We will bring you the limp and beaten body of Bob Bark-
GLORY: (jumps up) It is not Bob Barker, scabby morons! The key is new to this world ... (turns back to face Spike) and Bob Barker is as old as grit. (smiles) The vampire ... is lying to me.

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TV legend Bob Barker announced on Tuesday that he will retire next June after 35 years as host of The Price Is Right and more than 50 years in network television. Barker started in television by hosting Truth Or Consequences for NBC in 1956 but will always be associated with Price, which he has been with since its debut in September of 1972. CBS has run primetime editions of the show the last few summers to celebrate its various milestones, and was working on one to celebrate Barker’s five decades in television that will now become an official goodbye next spring.

Who doesn’t love The Price Is Right? I make a joke with "plinko" in the punch line at least once a week, and the idea of the winning guess at anything being the one that is "closest without going over" has become ingrained in our culture. There is no question that Barker’s fantastic cameo in Happy Gilmore went a long way towards his achieving icon status, although my favorite pop culture reference to the sliver haired fox is when Spike told Glory that Barker was the key. I suppose this is not the time to bring up the sex scandal that rocked the show - former employees accused Barker of sexually harassing them, or to wonder who it is the CBS will get to take over the show after he retires, so let’s just congratulate the man for an incredible career in a field where consistency and longevity rarities.