When you think of The Price Is Right, it only makes sense that you'd immediately think of Bob Barker. He retired from the popular game show in 2007 after 35 years as host, and while he has made a few guest appearances since then, it's been quite some time since viewers have gotten to see the beloved TV personality in action.
As The Price Is Right celebrates 50 years, the show will air a primetime special in which current host Drew Carey and his crew celebrate all that Bob has done for the beloved game show. Ahead of the special episode, let's check in on how Bob is doing today.
Is Bob Barker still living today?
Yes, as of September 2021, Bob Barker is still alive. However, he's a lot older today than you may have thought. Dec. 12, 2020, marked his 97th birthday!
While 97 is quite an impressive age, Bob has had many health issues over the years, so it's remarkable that he's still doing so well in 2021. Over the years, he's suffered a partially blocked left carotid artery, a stroke, prostate surgery, skin cancer, and stitches, head, and knee injuries after falls in his home.
He especially had a rough year in 2018, when he was hospitalized twice towards the end of the year for severe back pain. This caused him to have a low-key 95th birthday celebration at the time.
"He’s just resting, and he’ll probably have some family come by," his rep told USA Today in 2018. "He’s still recuperating from his back. He’s improving. He’s 95 today so it’s a bit of a slow process."
Many fans were concerned about how Bob was doing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but TMZ reported in March 2020 that he was doing fine with self-quarantining at his LA home because he's so used to self-isolation.
The tabloid shared that he's being stricter with visitors amid COVID-19, but his family has been feeding him and making sure his medical needs are met. In fact, he's reportedly spending his time relaxing and watching old movies, many related to the military.
Bob's most recent appearance on The Price Is Right was for an April Fools episode in 2015, but he still holds the show dear and spoke to People in August 2021 about celebrating 50 years of the show.
"I'm often asked what I loved most about my years with Price, and the first thing that pops to mind is ... the money, of course!" Bob joked. "All kidding aside, there was much to love. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated and talented cast and crew for 35 great years. Particularly close to my heart was the ability our vast popularity gave me to remind our entire audience daily about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets."
Celebrate 50 years with the Price Is Right anniversary special, airing Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.