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    Bob Barker retiring after 50 years on TV
    By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

    LOS ANGELES - Bob Barker is heading toward his last showcase, his final "Come on down." The silver-haired daytime-TV icon is retiring in June, he told The Associated Press Tuesday.

    "I will be 83 years old on December 12," he said, "and I've decided to retire while I'm still young."

    He'll hang up his microphone after 35 years as the host of "The Price Is Right" and 50 years overall in television.

    Though he has been considering retirement for "at least 10 years," Barker said he has so much fun doing the show that he hasn't been able to leave.

    "I've gone on and on and on to this ancient age because I've enjoyed it," he said. "I've thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm going to miss it."

    Reaching dual milestones, 50 years on television and 35 with "Price," made this an "appropriate" time to retire, Barker said. Besides, hosting the daily CBS program in which contestants chosen from the crowd "come on down" to compete for "showcases" that include trips, appliances and new cars is "demanding physically and mentally," he said.

    "I'm just reaching the age where the constant effort to be there and do the show physically is a lot for me," he said. "I might be able to do the show another year, but better (to leave) a year too soon than a year too late."

    Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corporation, said Barker has left an enduring mark on the network, calling his contribution and loyalty "immeasurable."

    "We knew this day would come, but that doesn't make it any easier," Moonves said in a statement. "Bob Barker is a daytime legend, an entertainment icon and one of the most beloved television personalities of our time."

    Barker began his national television career in 1956 as the host of "Truth or Consequences." He first appeared on "Price" on Sept. 4, 1972 and has been the face of the show ever since.

    A CBS prime-time special celebrating the show's longevity and Barker's five decades on TV was already under way, a network spokesman said.

    To kick off his retirement, Barker said he will "sit down for maybe a couple of weeks and find out what it feels like to be bored." Then he plans to spend time working with animal-rights causes, including his own DJ&T Foundation, founded in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Jo, and mother, Matilda.

    He said he'd take on a movie role if the right one came along, but filmmakers, take note: "I refuse to do nude scenes. These Hollywood producers want to capitalize on my obvious sexuality, but I don't want to be just another beautiful body."

    Freemantle Media, which owns "Price," has been looking for Barker's replacement for "two or three years," Barker said. And he has some advice for whoever takes the job: learn the show's 80 games backwards and forward.

    "The games have to be just like riding a bicycle," Barker said. "Then he will be relaxed enough to have fun with the audience, to get the laughs with his contestants and make the show more than just straight games, to make it a lot of fun."

    As for his fans, Barker said he "doesn't have the words" to express his gratitude.

    "From the bottom of my heart, I thank the television viewers, because they have made it possible for me to earn a living for 50 years doing something that I thoroughly enjoy. They have invited me into their homes daily for a half a century."

    But when it comes to saying his final TV goodbye, Barker said he'll do it the same way he does each day on "Price": "Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered."

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    and be sure to have your pets spayed or neutered..
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    That is one long ass time to be doing the same job. We'll miss you, Bob!
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    i dont see the show exsisting without bob. he is the glue for that show.
    i hate to see him go.
    best game show host ever!

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    Who other than David Lee Roth could replace him???
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    I kinda thought he retired already but guess not? I agree, won't be the same w/o Bob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Who other than David Lee Roth could replace him???
    Sounds like Dave has some other projects to work on.
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    I figured he would do the show until he died. My grandma will be sad, she loves that show!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
    Sounds like Dave has some other projects to work on.
    Aw, his calendar oughtta be clear by June...

    I hope Mr. Barker has some things lined up, because he's one of those people I could see dying within a year after his last show (unless he stays very busy)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeRose View Post
    I figured he would do the show until he died
    yeah me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty5150 View Post

    He'll hang up his microphone after 35 years as the host of "The Price Is Right" and 50 years overall in television.
    35 years of sexual harassment, how does one do it? He is a god!

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