Oh no, leave this old man alone. The guy retires from the Price Is Right, and he’s still being sued. No, it’s not the lovely Dian or the lovely Janice, but in fact, Deborah Curling. Who? Just another one of Barker’s beauties that he must have gabbed, groped, or ass-slapped.
Deborah says that Bob is a dirty ol’ man and guilty of, “racial discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.”
She also went on to say that she “was exposed to sexual and mental harassment, abuse, and racial discrimination. He created an atmosphere of terror on the show, as a result of which any employee who complained about the working environment or contradicted Barker was fired.”
Bob, what’ll you do now? Before you had Plinko to hide behind as you carried your ever so clever pencil microphone. Time will tell, he’ll either pay up, or just R.I.P soon.
I’ve got my own Bob Barker story: when I used to be an intern at Politically Incorrect in 1999, I’d have to walk by his set to go to the CBS (that’s where we taped) commissary, and every once in a while I’d run into Bob on the floor. I’ve got to admit, you get star struck for a quick minute, but then you realize he’s starring at you inappropriately. When I asked around if Bob had done that to anyone else, they just laughed and said, don’t feel so special, he’s just a dirty old man. Then it became a joke and I would laugh it off because that was just who he was and that was his rep around the studio. Some would call him a dirty old man, and other’s would call him “the ultimate bachelor.” Actually, come to think of it, that’s a perfect way to kick up ratings for The Bachelor. Have Bob be the next Bachelor, and all of his contestants would have to play Price Is Right games to win challenges, and take turns holding his “microphone.”
Truth be told, without Bob Barker, my grandmother would not know English, and if Price is Right had never existed, what the hell would I watch when I faked a fever in grade school?
Think he ever asked Deborah to reach into his pocket to see if he had a $100 bill for her?