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Posted Mar 25, 2004 @ 11:27 PM

Just wondering why Bob has never upgraded to a cordless microphone? He is always having to flip that cord and get it out from under the contestants feet. Is it part of the 60's decor like the rest of the set?

I guess it's part of the everlasting charm of the show and the era it was born in. I often wonder why Bob sticks with that skinny, long microphone when he could just as easily have a mic on his jacket.
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Posted Mar 26, 2004 @ 3:49 PM

I also think it's funny that they only give away American cars, not German or Japanese. Does anybody know why?


To be pro-American, although it's kind of meaningless in these days when Nissans, Toyotas, et al. are built in the U.S., and Mercedes-Benzes are made by the same company that makes the Chryslers, Dodges, and Jeeps they give away.

jcpdiesel21: Even if Bob had a lapel mike, he'd still have to use a hand-held mike for the contestants (since they can't be miked in advance). I've also read that he doesn't use a wireless mike because there are sometimes "dead spots" in the studio where the mike doesn't get picked up, and with all the moving around they do on "The Price Is Right," they don't want to hit one of those.
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Posted Mar 29, 2004 @ 12:00 AM

Just wondering why Bob has never upgraded to a cordless microphone? He is always having to flip that cord and get it out from under the contestants feet. Is it part of the 60's decor like the rest of the set?


Maybe he's hoping for the day he can use the long cord to trip an annoying contestant who continually needs the rules explained to him/her.
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Posted Mar 31, 2004 @ 5:42 PM

Does anybody else think it's time they updated the decor? That stage still looks like it's stuck in the 70s! I know some will say it's part of the show's "charm" but I still think it's high time they brought this show into the new millenium.


Hi. Newbie here. I heard Bob say in an interview that they had thought about updating the look of the show once but that the audience told them not to. (I don't know how, if it was a poll or how they did it) He said that the viewers and people in the audience like the older look and don't want it to be changed. In fact, the little cosmetic changes with the more colorful backgrounds is the biggest change I've seen to the set in decades and I've watched TPiR since 1973-74.

Even if Bob had a lapel mike, he'd still have to use a hand-held mike for the contestants (since they can't be miked in advance). I've also read that he doesn't use a wireless mike because there are sometimes "dead spots" in the studio where the mike doesn't get picked up, and with all the moving around they do on "The Price Is Right," they don't want to hit one of those.


I heard something like that once. He said that the old-style mics with the cord are much more dependable than cordless and I'd wager that as long as he's been doing television, he's probably just used to one like that. I personally like that he hasn't gone along with the flow and done like everybody else and got either wireless mics or lapel mics. I think that it gives a certain charm and old-school mentality to the show and the attitude of "this is how we do it and who cares what anyone else does."


I also think it's funny that they only give away American cars, not German or Japanese. Does anybody know why? 


To be pro-American, although it's kind of meaningless in these days when Nissans, Toyotas, et al. are built in the U.S., and Mercedes-Benzes are made by the same company that makes the Chryslers, Dodges, and Jeeps they give away.


I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do also perhaps with Bob's animal activism. I know that there are certain products that Bob won't let on the show because they either donate to or support projects that use animal experimentation. I believe the Porsche is one of those companies that Bob protests. There hasn't been a fur on since about 1980 or so, I think. I don't know for sure and can't say that these foreign car companies are supporting animal experimentation in their way, but knowing Bob's track record with his animal activism, I wouldn't be surprised if this had something to do with it.
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Posted Apr 9, 2004 @ 11:01 AM

Just now, they did a showcase saluting North Dakota. It quickly became clear that they have no idea what's in North Dakota either. It's cold up there, you can drive around it in a new car (at least they were able to discover paved roads up there), and they gave away (well, tried to; the contestant lost) a TV to go with the Fargo DVD, seeing as fargo is the capital of North Dakota.

The capital of North Dakota is actually Bismarck.
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Posted Apr 9, 2004 @ 7:15 PM

new announcer :

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Posted Apr 12, 2004 @ 10:26 AM

Okay, I'm evil... But I just LOOOVE it when karma acts like a total bitch and a contestant who has been bidding $1 over someone consistantly finally gets up on stage and loses. And loses big. Like what happened today. Some little girl was doing that and finally got up on stage to play Plinko. She got 4 chips and managed to get $0! It was soooo lovely. She could do no right. Justice prevails is my opinion.
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Posted Apr 13, 2004 @ 6:50 PM

Just wondering why Bob has never upgraded to a cordless microphone? He is always having to flip that cord and get it out from under the contestants feet. Is it part of the 60's decor like the rest of the set?


I saw an interview with Bob a while back, and he said that he was very superstitious. He doesn't want to change anything on the show (the old, skinny microphone, the old wheel, the 60's decor) because he's afraid it will jinx the show, and when those things change, the show will be cancelled. IMO, things can still be upgraded into the new millenium a little!

ETA, I LOVE PLINKO! In college, my friends and I made a "Drinko board"! It was a huge piece of plywood with nails sticking up. We then covered it with plexiglass. Plastic coasters were used to drop down the board like the Plinko chips. Instead of money amounts at the bottom, we put drinks in the slots!

Edited by AbrilOrchid, Apr 13, 2004 @ 6:54 PM.

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Posted Apr 15, 2004 @ 4:43 PM

Anyone see the show today? TPIR history was made.

2nd pricing game, a girl went up and won a car.

They come back from commercial... apparently there was a screwup, and some hefty guy down in contestants row should have won that last pricing game. Well, HE got a car too and advanced to spin the big wheel. The girl went back into contestants row and won the next pricing game. She blew a 50/50 game that would have given her two trips as well. First time in TPIR history that a contestant has played 2 games on a single show.
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Posted Apr 15, 2004 @ 8:20 PM

Yes, I saw it. That was incredible!!! That indeed has never, ever, ever, EVER happened before, and something tells me that the producers will take some steps to try to insure that it won't happen ever again. But that was really cool seeing that happen. Too bad the poor guy overbid in his showcase bid.
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Posted Apr 16, 2004 @ 11:33 AM

Consider this a tangent, but an on-topic tangent none-the-less.

"The Price Is Right: Live" is now playing at one of the casinos in Kansas City... it's a stage adaptation of the show (audience members bid on an item, and the four fastest fingers get to go to contestants row, bid on another item, and the winner plays a TPiR game).

A friend of mine and I went last night... I was able to make it to Contestant's Row, but not on-stage. That stupid watch was worth more than I thought it was.

Games are exactly the same ones as on the air: in last night's show, they played "Hole In One (Or Two)", "Cliff Hangers", "It's In The Bag", "Race Game", and of course, the Big Wheel and The Showcase.

Host is Todd Newton, of "Whammy!", "Instant Millionaire", and E! fame. A very nice guy -- I got to say hi after the show.

He also told me that he's taking the next month off, and that Marc Summers will be filling in for the interim.

I'm not sure how much it's going to be touring, but catch it if you're able.
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Posted Apr 16, 2004 @ 3:18 PM

I saw Bob Barker this morning on The Wayne Brady Show. The tables were turned on him and he had to try to guess the prices of two items in The Clock Game, and Wayne played Bob's usual role. Bob did a pretty good job, finishing with a few second left over.
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Posted Apr 17, 2004 @ 7:08 PM

There are going to be some new Million Dollar Prime-Time specials on tap for "The Price is Right. The first one is next week featuring Teachers.
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Posted Apr 24, 2004 @ 7:45 PM

Saw some of the Million Dollar Spectacular. Boy some of those teachers are S-T-U-P-I-D! The one woman playing the grocery game and buying 25 cans of yams? The poor beauty had a difficulty...the cash register doesn't go up that high! Needless to say she lost big time...and quickly.

I can't get used to seeing the Beauties in slutty evening wear. It's just out of character...
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Posted Apr 26, 2004 @ 10:43 AM

I'm so bitter - they preempted the spectacular where I am for a baseball game. I'm watching right now and they just announced that there will be another one this Saturday at 8. And because I have no life and love this show, I will be watching.
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Posted Apr 26, 2004 @ 4:49 PM

Gotta add my voice to the ranting in regards to the contestants in recent years. In the producers' zeal to bring in that college crowd, they've turned the show into chaos. My grandmother used to watch the show and stopped, saying they were (my words, not hers exactly) "pandering to the frat boys". She also pointed out that because contestants are getting consistently stupider, the games of skill are being phased out in favor of games of chance. She was absolutely right.

From my own observations, the games that require some poise or skill like Clock Game or even Switcheroo only make this new generation of players look even stupider. So they hand them that Yahtzee-inspired game "Let It Roll" or something like that, The Dice Game, and of course the idiot-proof Plinko.

I guess in my semi-old age, I'm just missing Bob getting attacked by the Samoan women.
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Posted Apr 26, 2004 @ 8:09 PM

"What is it about me that the Samoans can't resist picking me up?!?" - Bob Barker.

I think that Bob would probably have a coronary if he saw a Samoan coming on down and probably drop dead if she won her way up on stage. At his age, Bob doesn't need to be abused like he used to be. I too, thought it was funny in the past, (I remember as a child when that huge black lady chased Bob all over the stage after being the first one to ever win $10,000 on the Grand Game), but it really irritates me nowadays because Bob is eighty years old and those people have NO business whatsoever abusing Bob like he was still half his current age.

Edited by KobolTheRock, May 7, 2004 @ 12:43 AM.

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Posted Apr 27, 2004 @ 4:13 PM

Well, I was only half-joking, of course. No, I'm not yearning to see him crack a hip from being carried off stage by some large woman who just won a fridge!

What I meant was that the show used to have such a different tempo and personality to it. Purple-rinsed ladies in Contestants' Row, telling Bob they saw him on Truth or Consequences X years ago. Holly, Janice, and Dian donning costumes to do funny showcase skits (and actually SPEAK and interact with Bob on stage). Average age of contestants being around 35-40, wearing normal clothes rather than "pick me--I'm pregnant!" homemade T-shirts. Contestants smiling through their disappointment at the big reveal of a player piano rather than openly complaining that they "wanted to win a car". Attempts (even bad ones) made at bidding on prizes rather than just doing the $1 thing (or the $1 more thing). That sort of stuff.

Gosh, I sound like an old fuddy-duddy! Still, if the ratings stay good, why would they want to throw a net over the college invaders?
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Posted Apr 27, 2004 @ 5:06 PM

Well, I was only half-joking, of course. No, I'm not yearning to see him crack a hip from being carried off stage by some large woman who just won a fridge!


Yeah, something tells me if someone really injured Bob on set, there'd be hell to pay, not just from CBS, but from everybody else in the audience and the people waiting to get in for the next taping that would try to kick that person's butt six ways from Sunday. Also, if the leg-break or hip-break or whatever happened to Bob resulted in him having to retire and therefore possibly the end of the show, then that person wouldn't be safe anywhere likely.

What I meant was that the show used to have such a different tempo and personality to it. Purple-rinsed ladies in Contestants' Row, telling Bob they saw him on Truth or Consequences X years ago. Holly, Janice, and Dian donning costumes to do funny showcase skits (and actually SPEAK and interact with Bob on stage).


I see what you're saying. I wish Game Show network would try to get those old episodes of TPiR back on or that CBS would consider maybe start doing a big DVD set. That would rake in the bucks for them. I remember that stuff, people saying they saw Bob on "Truth or Consequences" and him being so impressed. It still happens nowadays, albeit not as often. Nowadays it's just people having seen "Price" all their lives. I can't complain much about that, I'm one of them. I'm 31 1/2 yrs. old now, and my granddad said I started watching "Bob Barker" (I put his name in quotes because my folks never used the name "Price is Right." It was always: "are you gonna watch Bob Barker today?" :)) when I was old enough to sit up in front of a television screen. That big lady chasing Bob all over the stage after winning the "Grand Game" is my earliest memory of TPiR that I can think of.

I remember Bob talking to Janice, Holly and Dian after a game occassionally. I think he used to do it about once a week or so. He'd ask them over, ask them each a question or just have them say hi or something like that. I remember he asked them what they wanted for Christmas and one of them said "world peace" and another, I think it was Holly, wanted a sports car and I can't remember the other one. There may be a clip of it here I can't recall but it's got some great vintage TPiR moments on video and audio. Nowadays the models are nothing but eye candy. I don't know if there's an official reason that Bob doesn't talk to the models onstage anymore. I wonder if, since Dian and Holly ended up suing him over one B.S. reason or another, that he's afraid to do something like that again.

Average age of contestants being around 35-40, wearing normal clothes rather than "pick me--I'm pregnant!" homemade T-shirts.


The show back then had more of a formal "game show" feel and nowadays, it's more of a party-like atmosphere. Bob's even referred to the show as "the party" on occassion.

Contestants smiling through their disappointment at the big reveal of a player piano rather than openly complaining that they "wanted to win a car".


Younger people are basically spoiled brats nowadays.

Attempts (even bad ones) made at bidding on prizes rather than just doing the $1 thing (or the $1 more thing). That sort of stuff.


Younger people are lazier nowadays.

Gosh, I sound like an old fuddy-duddy!


Don't feel bad, I feel like an old fuddy-duddy. LOL

Still, if the ratings stay good, why would they want to throw a net over the college invaders?


Oh they won't. I suspect that it's just that these college people are the ones who come to the show most often and so the show profiles them a lot more often. Everybody probably pitches in on travel, hotel and food costs. At least that's how I'd do it if I were organizing a group to go to TPiR.

Edited by KobolTheRock, Apr 27, 2004 @ 5:16 PM.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 1:05 PM

I don't know if there's an official reason that Bob doesn't talk to the models onstage anymore.


Part of this is because there's more commercial time in the broadcast than there used to be.

Yes, I know the whole show is technically one big commercial, what with all the prize plugs, but I mean the commercial breaks have gotten longer over the years.
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Posted Apr 30, 2004 @ 9:30 PM

I believe the longer commerical time has forced the conversations with Barker's Beauties to be nil. But two other events may have also been relevant:

1) Dian's sexual harrassment suit
2) Janice's injury when she got literally whammoed down into contestant's row by and errant camera-person
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Posted May 3, 2004 @ 5:58 PM

I was led to believe that when the show was bought out by Fremantle, they decided that there would be no more "banter," not only between the models and Bob, but Bob and Rod Roddy, as well. I recall a story in TV Guide where they said we should prepare to see a lot less of Rod; he wouldn't even have his face on camera as he read off people's names. And yes, this was prior to his becoming ill. I think Fremantle just wanted to focus on Bob as the lone "personality" of the show, with the models just there as props and Rod's disembodied voice booming from off-camera.

My favorite semi-banter was when Bob used to let Janice do the inspiration putt in Hole in One. Nowadays their models probably are contractually bound to stay silent at all times, and stay a certain number of feet away from him for fear of history repeating itself a la Dian Parkinson.

A far cry from the days of women sticking their hands in "The Hundred Dollar Pocket" after guessing the right price!!
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Posted May 3, 2004 @ 7:17 PM

And it's a very sad situation. Another example of how our societyis going to the toilet if you can't even talk to someone worrying about who'll eventually sue you.
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Posted May 3, 2004 @ 8:11 PM

A far cry from the days of women sticking their hands in "The Hundred Dollar Pocket" after guessing the right price!!


Yes! I always loved that part of the show. The women got to reach into the pocket...the guys, he just handed the bill to!
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Posted May 3, 2004 @ 9:44 PM

It's interesting that you brought up Janice Pennington, because on the 4/30 episode,
Rachel Reynolds repeated one of Janice's famous faux-pas on the show - crashing a car into Door #3 before the playing of "Lucky Seven"
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Posted May 4, 2004 @ 12:00 AM

I know. That was hilarious!!! Bob just had a ball with that and poor Rachel looked so embarrassed but took it all in good humor it appears. She seemed to be a good sport about it.
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Posted May 4, 2004 @ 9:37 AM

I was led to believe that when the show was bought out by Fremantle, they decided that there would be no more "banter," not only between the models and Bob, but Bob and Rod Roddy, as well


This actually stopped, or was becoming very minimal prior to Fremantle's purchase. It was more about time, as well as the attitude backstage with the models and Bob. In fact, I believe Holly got upset to the point where it led to the show (no too directly), and from there, the talks stopped.
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Posted May 4, 2004 @ 9:16 PM

Janice Pennington and Kathleen Bradley mentioned that in their final months on the show, it was quite a cold atmosphere off set between themselves and Bob, probably due to both of them speaking in favour of Holly Hallstrom's action suit against Mark Goodsoon Productions regarding her dismissal.
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Posted May 5, 2004 @ 3:39 PM

That is a sad fact. They just sided with whoever they felt told the story the most accurately and it seems that Bob was upset with that. Whether this led to their soon thereafter dismissal is anybody's guess, but it's still a sad situation. Especially for Janice, who had been with the show ever since 1972.
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Posted May 14, 2004 @ 10:35 AM

I can't believe that I just noticed this...but I think I saw that Bob wears an earring in his right ear. Yes, I know he's not gay...but it just seems rather odd (that I just noticed...not exactly that he has one).
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