Bob Barker’s last episode as the host of the thirty-five year old game show “The Price Is Right” will air on Friday. Celebrity tattles are memoralizing the event by telling us that Bob’s desire to hit the road after more than three decades may have more to do with a multi-million dollar racially packed lawsuit waiting to be filed than the eighty-three year old’s desire for more free time to spay and neuter dogs and play Bingo.
“The Price Is Right” will reportedly be sued in the coming weeks, for the ninth time in thirteen years, in a lawsuit that alledges that:…under Barker’s supervision as executive producer, limited the number of black contestants chosen per episode, and that off-camera and with Bob’s knowledge, the Price set was a place where offensive and discriminatory remarks, including those against blacks, gays, and other minorities, were tolerated.
According to our source:
The latest complaint comes from CBS prize administrator Debbie Curling, who resigned from the network in October after refusing to sign a CBS business conduct agreement with a nondisclosure clause. (The agreement, Curling’s lawyer claims, was presented to her after she began complaining to CBS.) Barker, who had signed a five year extension to his own contract in early 2006, announced his surprise retirement within hours of Curling’s resignation—a coincidence that has at least one former employee speculating that CBS, faced with the prospect of another Price is Right legal battle, may have forced Barker off the air.
“The day that Debbie quit and CBS realized they were about to be pulled into an ugly racism lawsuit, I heard that Mr. Barker was immediately told he’d be taking early retirement,” says ex-Barker Beauty Holly Hallstrom, who received a huge payday from CBS in 2005.
“The day that Debbie quit and CBS realized they were about to be pulled into an ugly racism lawsuit, I heard that Mr. Barker was immediately told he’d be taking early retirement. I find the irony of that so rich, because those are the exact words Barker used when he fired me [in 1995.]”
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