After legendary talk show host, Jerry Springer died Thursday at his home in suburban Chicago at 79, after being diagnosed with cancer, fans of another legendary show, The Price Is Right, are concerned if their idol, Bob Barker is still alive.
“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word,” said Jene Galvin, a lifelong friend and spokesman for the family. “He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart, and humor will live on.”
Is Bob Barker alive?
Meanwhile, Bob Barker is carrying on at 99 years old, which means that fans of the iconic game show need not worry at all.
However, what The Price Is Right fans might not know is that Springer’s path crossed with the game show once upon a time when he was asked to host the show. He hosted the stage show, not the TV one though. Back when The Price is Right Live was a stage show in Las Vegas and not the popular program that people recognize it to be today, Springer hosted the show.
At the time, Springer was riding at the peak of his success, having hosted his hit talk show The Jerry Springer Show for 21 seasons by then. His agenda was to capitalize on the show’s stunning popularity by appearing in Sin City. “I had so much fun hosting the show last year, and look forward to once again inviting excited guests to ‘come on down’ and play for money and prizes!” Springer said in a statement at the time.
Despite his statement, Springer did not migrate over to The Price is Right than Springer, and instead stuck to the stage show. Meanwhile, Drew Carey hosted the TV show. Springer hosted the show again in 2018.
Meanwhile, Barker hosted CBS’ The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007. The following are a few reactions of Barker’s fans’ growing concerns after Springer’s death:
In the wake of Jerry Springer's passing today, folks were worried about the legendary Bob Barker (don't worry, he's thankfully still with us). And how lucky the animals are to have Bob on their side ⬇️pic.twitter.com/j6JxVhAFml
— Shalin Gala (@ShalinGala) April 27, 2023
I really didn’t know that Bob Barker was still with us. He has been old my entire life.
— Reid (@RVAReid) April 27, 2023
*Jerry Springer dies*
Twitter: OMG SOMEONE CHECK ON BOB BARKER
Bob Barker: pic.twitter.com/Fcgd30c1hV
— Sam Cahn (@samcahnruns) April 27, 2023
— Lashanda Walker (@majesticbeauty5) April 27, 2023
Holy shit I was trying to remember if Bob Barker was still with us (he is!) and I saw his birthdate- that man is gonna be 100 at the end of the year!
— Fatter IRL (@OhMsLewis) April 27, 2023
BREAKING: Bob Barker was reportedly seen in Chicago today shouting, "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE" as reports were conveyed of the passing of Jerry Springer.
— Keith 🥓 (@kmc1230) April 27, 2023