Bob Barker has indicated that he plans to leave The Price Is Right,
television's longest-running game show, following a primetime Price
special next year.
In an interview with today's Boston
Globe, Barker, who has hosted the game show since 1972, said, "I don't
expect to fill out my current five-year contract."
Producer Syd Vinnedge
told the newspaper that FremantleMedia, formerly Pearson Television, which
packages the show, is planning for "an orderly transition."
that the question of Barker's departure has been put before focus groups,
who have responded that while they will be disappointed to see him leave,
they "accept the fact that Bob has the right to retire."
implied that his successor will have a difficult time filling his shoes.
"There is no place to learn to do what I do," he told the Globe.
"There are comedians who just ask, 'Who are you?' 'Where are you from?'
'What number do you want?' Believe me, there is more to it than that."