Stars Honor Late Bob Barker: Drew Carey and Adam Sandler Lead Tribute

11:53 28.08.2023

Legendary TV star Bob Barker, best known for hosting the beloved game show "The Price Is Right" for 35 years, has passed away at the age of 99. Tributes from celebrities and fans alike are pouring in for Barker, who left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Drew Carey, the current host of "The Price Is Right," expressed his sadness over Barker's passing. In a heartfelt statement on social media, Carey said, "It is a very sad day for the Price Is Right family, and animal lovers all over the world. There hasn't been a day on set that I didn't think of Bob Barker and thank him. I will carry his memory in my heart forever." Carey also shared a touching photo of himself and Barker on the set of the show, a testament to their enduring friendship.

Barker's memorable cameo in the 1996 film "Happy Gilmore," where he engaged in a fist fight with Adam Sandler's character at a pro-am golf event, is also being remembered. Sandler paid tribute to Barker in a heartfelt post, calling him "the man, the myth, the best." Sandler fondly recalled their time together, saying, "Such a sweet funny guy to hang out with. Loved talking to him. Loved laughing with him. Loved him kicking the crap out of me." Sandler's co-star in Happy Gilmore and Modern Family actress Julie Bowen also shared a photo of the film's cast with Barker, reminiscing about the iconic line Barker reluctantly delivered in the movie. Bowen said, "Bob was kind and polite and had declined to say the line, but he got swept up in the hilarious fight scene between him and Happy, he just...said it. It's one of my favorite filming memories ever."

Barker's impact extended beyond the entertainment world. Fellow talk show host Tom Bergeron, who used Barker's dressing room while shooting Hollywood Squares on the same stage as "The Price Is Right," shared his admiration for the late TV star. Bergeron revealed that Barker had read the manuscript of his book and even offered to write a blurb for it. Bergeron expressed his gratitude, saying, "Many thanks, Bob. Rest in peace."

Barker's advocacy for animal rights was also recognized by songwriter Diane Warren, who paid tribute to him on social media. Warren wrote, "Bob Barker, I have a feeling you were met by an army of animal angels. Because you were their angel on earth." Barker's dedication to animal welfare was evident in his famous sign-off on every episode of "The Price Is Right," where he urged viewers to "help control the pet population" by having their pets spayed or neutered. The show even eliminated fur coats as prizes due to Barker's influence.

Bob Barker's passing has left a void in the entertainment industry and beyond. Celebrities and fans alike are mourning the loss of a true legend, remembering his kindness, humor, and passionate advocacy for animals. As Barker's publicist Roger Neal confirmed, "It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World's Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us." His legacy will undoubtedly live on, continuing to inspire generations to come.

/ Monday, August 28, 2023, 11:53 AM /

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