(CELEBRITY NEWS) LOS ANGELES— After long-time animal activist Bob Barker publicly denounced The Price is Right for giving away tickets to the Calgary Stampede in Canada, the TV show host of 35 years was not included on the guest list for the program’s 40th anniversary celebration. Without Barker’s influential presence on The Price is Right, the game show has deviated from its commitment to animal welfare, also giving away passes to SeaWorld, according to Entertainment Weekly. Awarding contestants with passes to these organizations indirectly supports their methods of animal exploitation, abuse and degradation. Read more to learn about Bob Barker’s principled stance and involvement in animal rights.— Global Animal
Ecorazzi, Michael Destries
This past February, Bob Barker publicly slammed executives of “The Price is Right” – the hit game show he personally hosted for 35 years – over their decision to award a trip to the Calgary Stampede.
“Well, I’m shocked and very disappointed,” he told Ecorazzi. “When I did the show we did absolutely nothing that in any way would be harmful to animals. To have them do this is very disappointing to me. I can’t understand what they’re thinking of because they’re going get all kinds of bad publicity out of this.”
Since his retirement from the show in 2007, Barker has increased his support for animal activism, donating millions to educational institutions and charities like Sea Shepherd and PETA.
On Tuesday, “The Price is Right” aired its 40th Anniversary special, featuring some special returning guests – but not Barker. The 88-year-old told EW.com that he was likely ignored “because I have been critical of them for giving away prizes that I consider inappropriate.”
Barker added that he’s fine with the snub, but that “When you celebrate a 40th anniversary, you would think you’d have the fellow who did the show for 35 years there.”
No kidding. Activism difference aside, that’s a really harsh cold shoulder to give someone who helped define your brand. Barker says that had he appeared, viewers would have heard some familiar advice about spaying and neutering pets.
“That’s my message on any occasion and every occasion,” he said.
Stay classy, Price is Right execs.