Bob Barker to retire in June - BREAKING NEWS
Well, I guess Bob was thinking the same thing, as he just announced that he will retire at the end of TPiR's current season, which tapes its last show in June. Coincidentally, it will also be the end of his 50th year on television (he hosted Truth or Consequences from 1956 to 1974). To him, those two anniversaries made it a good time to leave.
He said that in retirement he will be doing animal-rights work, but he will also be open to movie roles. "I refuse to do nude scenes," he joked. "These Hollywood producers want to capitalize on my obvious sexuality, but I don't want to be just another beautiful body."
Fremantle Media, which produces TPiR, has been working on finding a replacement for a couple of years. My suggestion? Todd Newton, who already does the TPiR road show at Harrah's casinos. He knows the show backwards and forwards and will definitely make for a smooth transition.