If you’re like us, you get a thrill when you hear those words, “Come on down!” The Price Is Right is a treasured American game show. People of all ages, backgrounds, hometowns, and aspirations come onto this show for the chance to win loads of cash and prizes.
In honor of Bob Barker’s recent ninety third birthday, we thought we’d take a look back at one of the most “priceless” moments during his reign as the host of The Price Is Right.
It was the face palm heard ‘round the world when a contestant named Jose bid $999 on a treadmill right after another contestant had just bid $1,000 on the item. This bonehead bid gave Jose virtually no chance of winning. The crowd couldn’t help but boo Jose’s poor choice.
When a bell rang out to announce that someone had guessed the exact amount, thus winning the prize and an additional $500, no one would have thought the winner could be Jose. Check out this hilarious video to see how Barker teases the audience and reveals that Jose’s blunder paid off big.
In Wikipedia’s reporting on the history of The Price Is Right, it is told that, “Bob Barker hosted from September 4, 1972, to June 15, 2007. During his 35 years as host, Barker won numerous awards and honors including Daytime Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Directors of the show included Marc Breslow, Paul Alter, and Bart Eskander, with Eskander receiving a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Direction of a Game Show. Producer Roger Dobkowitz won a Daytime Emmy for his work on the show, which included the development of many of the show’s games that are still being played today.
“After a season-long search for a successor, Drew Carey took the helm of the show, with production resuming in August 2007, and his first episode airing on October 15. It is believed to be the longest-running game show on television (the Spanish-language variety show Sábado Gigante ended on September 19, 2015). It is also the longest running game show airing episodes five days-per-week in the world. The Price Is Right is the only game show franchise to be seen nationally in either first-run network or syndication airings in the U.S. in every decade from the 1950s onward. CBS has occasionally aired extra episodes of the show for short periods between the cancellation of one daytime program and the premiere of its successor. On occasion since 1986, special episodes have aired during prime time hours, most notably to fill in gaps between the Survivor series, and during the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike.
“On September 22, 2008, Terry Kneiss made game show history by bidding the exact amount of his $23,743 showcase. Taping of the show immediately stopped, with Carey and show staffers concerned that cheating was taking place. It was later learned that—by constantly watching the show, noticing the frequency of certain products showing up on the show, and using statistical analysis—Kneiss and his wife Linda, who was in the studio audience, had legitimately determined the exact prices of the items in the showcase. Kneiss was awarded the prizes, and the show subsequently discontinued featuring certain products.
“On April Fools’ Day in 2014, Craig Ferguson and Carey switched hosting duties, with Carey hosting the The Late Late Show and Ferguson taking over the hosting duties on The Price Is Right. The episode also featured Shadoe Stevens as announcer. Barker appeared on the April Fools’ Day episode in 2015, hosting the first item up for bids and the first pricing game, with Carey hosting the remainder of the episode.”
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