Bob Barker says the producers of "The Price Is Right" ignored him when it came time to put together a 40th anniversary show, but he's taking it rather well.
Barker, who hosted the insanely popular television game show for 35 years, just handed the title over to Drew Carey in 2007. Yet for some reason, the decision-makers thought it prudent to leave Barker out of the anniversary special. The reason? Barker thinks it's because he spoke out several times against the show for giving away prizes to organizations like Sea World and Calgary Stampede, which he says are "notorious for animal abuse".
The former show host has been an animal rights activist for years and did manage to get the show's producers to make small changes during his tenure, such as halting the giveaway of fur and leather coats. However, he hasn't been shy about voicing his opinion on how things have been run since he left, which might have contributed to the exclusion.
"I don't know why I wasn't asked to take part in some way," Barker said. "But I do know I am ashamed of the show and surprised at their complete disregard for the welfare of animals. Were I still there, a prize to attend the Calgary Stampede would never have been considered. We never did anything that condoned animal cruelty. Apparently, things have changed."
Barker's strong opinions on organizations like Calgary Stampede and Sea World--which he says are "notorious" for animal cruelty--have led to some clarifications on both parts. The Calgary Stampede says it "works with the Calgary Humane Society and the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to ensure its animals receive proper care", while Sea World insists that every animal in their care is "content and healthy".
Although Barker was shown in several clips on the anniversary special--which aired last night--he was not asked to participate, and Drew Carey hosted the show. Barker says he's fine with the decision, but chose not to watch it.