Bob Barker Finds Timing Right to Retire

Bob Barker, longtime host of the game show The Price Is Right, has announced he will retire next June. At 83, he says he wants to quit while he's still young.

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LYNN NEARY, host:

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NEARY: This month marks the 50th anniversary of the original broadcast of the television game show The Price is Right. Perhaps with that date in the back of his mind, Bob Barker announced this week that he's planning to retire in June as host of the program. I will be 83 years old on December 12th, he said, and I've decided to retire while I'm still young.

Mr. Barker was not the host when the show debuted on NBC in 1956. Back then, it was Bill Cullen who encouraged contestants to guess the actual retail price of an item without going over. Bob Barker came onboard in 1972 when an updated version of The Price is Right premiered on CBS. Over the ensuing decades, viewers have watched Mr. Barker's pompadour go from brown to silver to white. But the host has held steady, and his program has gone on to become one of the longest-running game shows in television history.

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