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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.97
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061031/ap_en_tv/tv_bob_barker_retires

I pity the poor guy who takes over as the host of the Price is Right. Barker is a legend.





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Replacing Bob Barker? Ha. Bob Barker is the Price is Right, and is the only one who should ever host the show. If he retires, the game show should as well.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.91
I'm shocked that they'd even keep the show going! You can't have the Price is Right without Barker, so I personally think it'd be a good idea to just retire the show period. I mean, would you keep Jeopardy! going without Alex Trebek? Would you do Wheel of Fortune without Pat Sajak? Game shows are as classic as their hosts and once the host retires, so too should the show.

EDIT: Packman and I are on the same wavelength. Our posts came within seconds of each other.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.67
Not only will they continue the cash cow that is TPiR, I'll lay dollars to donuts that your new host will either be Ricki Lake or Todd Newton. This is, of course, if you lay into my theory that the whole "Gameshow Marathon" was an audition of sorts for those two.

(edited by Super Shane Spear on 31.10.06 1615)
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Todd Newton is the host of the TPIR "show" in Las Vegas, so I'd lay my money down on him getting the nod



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If somebody does take over TPiR after Barker, it should be a complete unknown. Somebody who doesn't already have people (like me) hating them.

I've got to get out to Cali before Barker retires. My first words were "Bob Barker," for crying out loud!





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    Originally posted by It's False
    I'm shocked that they'd even keep the show going! You can't have the Price is Right without Barker, so I personally think it'd be a good idea to just retire the show period. I mean, would you keep Jeopardy! going without Alex Trebek? Would you do Wheel of Fortune without Pat Sajak? Game shows are as classic as their hosts and once the host retires, so too should the show.

    EDIT: Packman and I are on the same wavelength. Our posts came within seconds of each other.

    (edited by It's False on 31.10.06 1609)


Definitely on the same wavelength, as I was posting mine, I contemplating throwing in a Jeopardy! Alex Trebek comparison.



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I'm going to miss Mr. Barker who gave me many hours of entertainment in my childhood and fueled my love of the television game show. He's a true giant of television and will be missed greatly. I'm glad he's getting to go out on his terms and didn't "die in office" so to speak as I feared would happen when Letterman was discussing tv "icons" in the days after Johnny Carson's passing. He wondered aloud how many "tv icons" were left and mentioned Regis. I immediately thought of Bob Barker and Dick Clark.

As far as "Jeopardy!" goes, wasn't there a host of the show back in it's previous life? I think Jeopardy could survive w/o Alex Trebek. Not saying he's not a great host (he is), but I believe the show could and will survive w/o him. TPIR on the other hand will be much diminished with no Bob Barker.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.01

What a true television icon ... I hope that I look as good as he does when I'm 83.
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The old host of Jeopardy was Art Fleming. I'm sure people were saying the same thing when Trebek took over.

Of course, Bob Barker was not the first host of TPiR - that would be Bill Cullen. (That's why, when the Barker version started, they made sure to call it the "All-New Sixty-Minute Price Is Right", because the gameplay was radically different and the original was only a half-hour.)



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.70
Yeesh, now I'm wondering how fast the tickets are going to be given now.

    Originally posted by Teapot
    The old host of Jeopardy was Art Fleming. I'm sure people were saying the same thing when Trebek took over.

    Of course, Bob Barker was not the first host of TPiR - that would be Bill Cullen. (That's why, when the Barker version started, they made sure to call it the "All-New Sixty-Minute Price Is Right", because the gameplay was radically different and the original was only a half-hour.)


Not quite, in 1972 it was The New Price is Right and it ran for 30 minutes. It wasn't a few years later when it became a one hour show.

Also, wasn't the TV industry a different animal when Trebek began hosting J! than it is today? Back in 1984 the daytime network game show, or arguably the game show, was a full-fledged genre and executives had a decent roster of emcees who had game show experience.

(EDIT: I know that Trebek's Jeopardy has always been syndicated.)

I hate to say it but I'm concerned Price won't be around by the new decade.

(edited by JALman on 31.10.06 2313)


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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by It's False
    I'm shocked that they'd even keep the show going! You can't have the Price is Right without Barker, so I personally think it'd be a good idea to just retire the show period. I mean, would you keep Jeopardy! going without Alex Trebek? Would you do Wheel of Fortune without Pat Sajak?
I can't believe they brought back "Jeopardy!" without Art Fleming!

I can't believe they didn't cancel "Wheel of Fortune" when Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford left!

I can't believe they continued to broadcast "The Price is Right" without Johnny Olson/Tom Kennedy/Rod Roddy!

It's nice that TPiR has held on and all, but game shows during the daytime seems so ... 1980s. Gimme prime time or no time, daddy!

EDIT: OH AND BOB GOEN - AS IN GOEN AWAY TO HOST "ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT"

(edited by CRZ on 31.10.06 2239)


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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.92
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by It's False
      I'm shocked that they'd even keep the show going! You can't have the Price is Right without Barker, so I personally think it'd be a good idea to just retire the show period. I mean, would you keep Jeopardy! going without Alex Trebek? Would you do Wheel of Fortune without Pat Sajak?
    I can't believe they brought back "Jeopardy!" without Art Fleming!

    I can't believe they didn't cancel "Wheel of Fortune" when Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford left!

    I can't believe they continued to broadcast "The Price is Right" without Johnny Olson/Tom Kennedy/Rod Roddy!

    It's nice that TPiR has held on and all, but game shows during the daytime seems so ... 1980s. Gimme prime time or no time, daddy!

    EDIT: OH AND BOB GOEN - AS IN GOEN AWAY TO HOST "ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT"

    (edited by CRZ on 31.10.06 2239)


Isn't Bob Goen the one that hosted the day time version of Wheel of Fortune once upon a time? I wanna say it was back in the late 80s/early 90s.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
When Ray Combs left Family Feud, I thought that the show would have gone with him. But no, they kept going, churning out host after host after host. Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, that guy that played Elaine's boss on Seinfeld. Even when they brought back the original host, Richard Dawson, for a year or two, it wasn't the same. I've lost track of how many people I've seen hosting that show, and quite frankly, none of them can hold a candle to Ray.

Yes, I know Ray wasn't the first to host the Feud, but as far as I'm concerned, he was the last. The same will probably hold true for me with Bob Barker and my favorite game show of all time, The Price is Right.

(Ironically, it's only recently that I learned that Ray was voluntarily removed from the show and wasn't replaced because of his suicide. In actuality, his removal was one of the factors that LED to him killing himself.)

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.81
    Originally posted by CRZ
    I can't believe they didn't cancel "Wheel of Fortune" when Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford left!
I was thinking that I couldn't believe they didn't cancel "Wheel of Fortune" when Rolf Benirschke left.

To replace Barker, you know, Wink Martindale is still alive. He'll be 73 next month, but he's living, and that is a good start...



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    Originally posted by StingArmy
    When Ray Combs left Family Feud, I thought that the show would have gone with him. But no, they kept going, churning out host after host after host. Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, that guy that played Elaine's boss on Seinfeld. Even when they brought back the original host, Richard Dawson, for a year or two, it wasn't the same. I've lost track of how many people I've seen hosting that show, and quite frankly, none of them can hold a candle to Ray.

    Yes, I know Ray wasn't the first to host the Feud, but as far as I'm concerned, he was the last. The same will probably hold true for me with Bob Barker and my favorite game show of all time, The Price is Right.

    (Ironically, it's only recently that I learned that Ray was voluntarily removed from the show and wasn't replaced because of his suicide. In actuality, his removal was one of the factors that LED to him killing himself.)

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See, I could never take Ray Combs seriously b/c Richard Dawson WAS the only host for me. I'll never get over him kissing every girl that came on that show. He was sleazy, but he was fun.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
I know this will not be a popular opinion, but, It's About Time!!!
Bob has been hating every contestant that has run up on that stage for the last 6-7 years. I'm surprised he hasn't lost it on the show yet.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.63
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    See, I could never take Ray Combs seriously b/c Richard Dawson WAS the only host for me. I'll never get over him kissing every girl that came on that show. He was sleazy, but he was fun.
I always liked Richard Karn as host, personally. Combs was fun, and had this regular everyday guy kind of look to him, but Karn's charm made him my preferred host.

I'm honestly surprized they're still airing TPIR, though. Isn't that the only game show on during daytime hours? I think, when Barker retires, they should retire the show with him....and that snazzy microphone, too!



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.74
    Originally posted by babetsavant
    Bob has been hating every contestant that has run up on that stage for the last 6-7 years. I'm surprised he hasn't lost it on the show yet.
That just makes him all the more awesome.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.03
A) Count me in on the Todd Newton bandwagon; Barker says in his interview that someone should know all the games in and out and I'd say TPiR Live! is a perfect training ground.

If Ricki Lake is the next host of TPiR, I'll wear a Packers jersey for a day. There's no way she will be the next host.

And if we're going to go all blargh about hosts/cancellations -- syndicated TPiR didn't stop after Dennis James, either. It did with Doug Davidson; the "New" New Price is Right was pretty bad.



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