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Bob Barker makes the press rounds, likes Viagra

by Joel Keller, posted May 9th 2007 11:40AM
Bob BarkerrIt's starting. Bob Barker's got less than a month's worth of The Price is Right tapings left, and his tribute special is supposed to air on May 17. So now we're starting to see Barker pop up in magazines and newspapers, doing what are essentially exit interviews. In this month's Esquire, for instance, Bob is the subject of the magazine's "What I Learned" page (no link yet), giving his recipe for a vegan enchilada bake and saying, "I'm still sexually active. Just not as active as I once was. I think Viagra does help. You should try it. It might surprise you. And your friend."

Ooookaaay then. A little tamer is The Washington Post's examination of 'The Cult of Bob Barker,' written by the paper's pop culture expert, Hank Stuever.

In the article, Stuever not only talks to Bob and TPiR producer Roger Dobkowitz, but he sits in for a taping, describing audience members that range from old ladies with oxygen tanks to screaming, jumping college kids. He also mentions the generic Barker's Beauties we see these days (both articles touch on the sexual harassment suits filed against Bob by Dian Parkinson and others, but only briefly), and discusses Bob's day, from his morning lifting weights and using the elliptical machine to his 1PM entrance on stage.

Finally, Stuever mentions that some contestants have recently gone public to talk about how amazed they were that they had to pay taxes on their winnings (well, duh! That's my sophisticated editorial response to that), but that none of them had any bad will towards the show or Bob.

I am not looking forward to seeing what TPiR is going to be like without Bob. Even if they get a host that doesn't irritate the hell out of me -- and John O'Hurley is not on that list -- TPiR and Barker are so intertwined at this point that anyone who follows Bob will suffer in his shadow.


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lou bon

let the old fart depart in peace, you know he can:t get it up any more.

May 20 2007 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan

Such a crock... Hey all you guys out there.. if you cannot get it up even with Viagra.. please see your urologist... you may indeed have prostrate cancer... So skip with dragging Bob down... and go get yourself checked... happened to my hubby.. wish we had known sooner.. but SERIOUSLY.. get the PSA checked NOW... especially if you are 50 and over.. and really if the disease exists in your family.. do it at age 45.. and seek good medical/surgical care... this from an RN with 40 years experience.. but one who missed what could have saved her hubby...

May 20 2007 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dani

Bob was once a neighbor of mine, and is an absolutely precious man. He's an icon in the entertainment industry and has had the courage to share some private information that may encourage other men even younger than he. Can we not at least honor him for his years on TV, his work with animals and his willingness to share some private information in an attempt to help others?

May 20 2007 at 12:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thelma Hicks

I love TPIR show and i love Bob Barker, i watch the show every morning, wont leave the house until it is over,no matter what, dont know if anyone can take his place, dont even know if i will continue to watch, just have wait and see.i wish Bob all luck and good fortune with the rest of his life, he is so vibrant and alive for someone his age, hope i love life as much when i get that old and also can enyoy it as he seems to do.GOOD LUCK BOB AND I LOVE YOU,MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE NO MATTER WHEN YOU GO OR WHAT YOU DO IN THE FUTURE.(AND TAKE YOUR LITTLE BLUE PILLS WITH YOU,NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU MIGHT NEED THEM,HA HA )

May 20 2007 at 12:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jill

Bob IS The Price is Right!!!!! They should just cancel the show. It will never be the same. It is a little TMI about the viagra, but hey, I'm happy for the guy. God love him and his little Barker, lol!

May 19 2007 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deanna

Bob Barker has been around for so long, and he will be missed. He has had a wonderful career and I hope he will enjoy his retirement. And to those haters that hate him, hate the viagra comments, or another thing they hate about Bob, well tuff noogs....HE was on tv for 35 years, where were you??? As for Bob's replacement, I hope it will be someone that has the personality and the class Bob has shown all these years. God bless you, Bob, you will be missed.

May 19 2007 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DEBRA

WELL WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN VIVI?LOL.I GUES PEOPLE ARE SHOCKED BOB IS HUMAN AND HAD SEX.....................SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH GEZZZZ GET ALIFE/LEAVE THE MAN ALONE FOR CHRIST SAKES .

May 19 2007 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mbhoward

Bob Barker will never be replaced;just a "new host" to this show. Can it be the person that was the host for Family Feud. Can't remember his last name, but first is Richard. He would be good, I think. He has a past of hosting and appearing on tv game shows/films/movies, etc.

May 19 2007 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vivi

I'm lost!
Who is Bob Barker? Never even heard of TPIR

May 19 2007 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DEBRA

IM GONNA MISS BOB TO.NOBODY CAN REPLACE HIM MY BOOK.AND WHO THE HELL ARE YOU MORONS PUTTING HIM DOWN?BUNCH OF JACKASSES.SEEMS LIKE YOU ALL JEALOUS OF HIM.

May 19 2007 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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