Earlier this week, veteran CBS daytime game show The Price Is Right celebrated its 40th anniversary, but one man was very noticeably absent. Bob Barker, who hosted the show for its first 35 years, was completely excluded from the festivities, save for a few archival clips. As we reported the other day, Barker responded to the exclusion by saying it was "fine" with him, but there was definitely a bit of passive aggression to his tone, as he also said that they hadn't even offered him a DVD of the special.
The current host, former sitcom star Drew Carey, addressed the issue publicly today, and maintains that it wasn't an intentional snub. "I feel really bad about that," Carey told TMZ. "It wasn't because of animosity or anything like that. It just didn't occur to anybody to invite him personally to be on the show because it was a salute to the contestants."
Some had suspected that Barker's exclusion stemmed from the well known animal activist's recent criticisms of the show for offering trips to places like the Calgary Stampede and Sea World, both of which Barker believes mistreat their animal performers. However, Carey claims the whole situation is a simple misunderstanding, and that "Nobody has anything against Bob Barker."
What do you think? Was Bob Barker not invited to the show out of spite? Or is Drew Carey on the level?