Bob Barker Retiring After 50 Years October 31, 2006Posted by Michael in Heroes.
We’ll miss you, Bob!
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
1 hour, 6 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES – Bob Barker is heading toward his last showcase, his final “Come on down.” The silver-haired daytime-TV icon is retiring in June, he told The Associated Press Tuesday. “I will be 83 years old on December 12,” he said, “and I’ve decided to retire while I’m still young.”
He’ll hang up his microphone after 35 years as the host of “The Price Is Right” and 50 years overall in television.
Though he has been considering retirement for “at least 10 years,” Barker said he has so much fun doing the show that he hasn’t been able to leave.
You have to admire a guy who spent fifty years doing what he loved, and doing it well. Sure, he was just a game show host, appealing to the commercialism of his TV audience. But give him credit. He brought a little harmless fun into the lives of millions for half a century, and became an American icon in the process.
So long, Bob, and God bless you.