Hollywood stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late Bob Barker, who recently died at the age of 99. Barker is known as the longtime host of the game show “The Price Is Right.”
Adam Sandler posted a photo of himself alongside Barker on Instagram, writing, “The man. The myth. The best. 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. He will be missed by everyone I know! Heartbreaking day. Love to Bob always and his family! Thanks for all you gave us!”
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Barker was known for a famous cameo in the 1996 comedy “Happy Gilmore” starring Sandler, in which Barker plays himself. Sandler’s character Happy Gilmore plays golf alongside Barker and the scene ends with the two in an all-out brawl, with Barker coming out on top.
Actor and comedian Rob Schneider also paid tribute to Barker and his beloved cameo. He wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “One of the nicest things I ever heard in showbusiness was Bob Barker saying, ‘I moved to Hollywood to be an actor and the only person who ever let me do it was Adam Sander!’ This scene with them was and will always be absolutely hilarious! God bless you, Bob.”
Drew Carey, who carries on Barker’s legacy as the current host of “The Price Is Right,” wrote on X, “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. #RIPBobBarker We love you.”
Fremantle, producer of “The Price Is Right,” also shared a statement: “We are deeply saddened to hear Bob Barker has passed at the age of 99. The renowned host of Fremantle’s ‘The Price is Right’ for 35 years, animal activist, radio host, husband, and all-around game show legend will forever hold a spot in our hearts. Bob will be greatly missed, and we thank him for bringing joy to our homes for so many beautiful years. Our condolences to the staff and crew of ‘The Price is Right’ and the fans.”
“Bob Barker was a Daytime television mainstay for generations. He helped to define the game show genre, cementing the Price is Right as a powerhouse format that has remained essentially unchanged for more than half a century,” Adam Sharp, president and CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “You don’t mess with perfection. His championship of the craft and for animal welfare were equal in their exuberance. His presence will be missed greatly by the Emmy community.”
Read more tributes below.
One of the nicest things I ever heard in showbusiness was Bob Barker saying, “I moved to Hollywood to be an actor and the only person who ever let me do it was Adam Sandler!”
This scene with them was and will always be absolutely hilarious!
God bless you, Bob https://t.co/5kKt0EM81x
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 26, 2023
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.#RIPBobBarker
We love you ❤️
— ʎǝɹɐƆ ʍǝɹᗡ (@DrewFromTV) August 26, 2023
Legend. Icon. With a career that spanned over 60 years on television and radio, Bob Barker was one of the world's most recognizable game show hosts, entertaining generations.
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) August 26, 2023
In countless households across America, Bob Barker was a part of the family — beaming into our homes daily as the iconic host of ‘The Price Is Right.’
His 2007 retirement marked the end of his 50-year TV career, during which he won 19 Emmys.
Thanks for the memories, Bob. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ddjg4HYVmi
— Motion Picture Association (@motionpictures) August 26, 2023
If you only think of Bob Barker as a world famous game show host, you are missing his greatest contribution. He was a leading advocate for animal rights. His love of our furry friends inspired compassionate movements all over the world, and we humans were better for it. #RIP pic.twitter.com/12y0bEr5f3
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 26, 2023
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