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Veteran US TV host Barker retires
Bob Barker on The Price is Right
Bob Barker had been the host of The Price is Right since 1972
US TV favourite Bob Barker has ended his 50-year career with the final appearance as host of long-running game show The Price is Right.

Barker, 83, hosted the daytime CBS show for 35 years.

He has and given away an estimated $200m (100m) in prizes down the years and won 17 Emmy Awards.

"I thank you for inviting me into your homes for more than 50 years," Barker said in the show's closing moments. His farewell will be broadcast on 15 June.

He had earlier taken the stage to a shower of confetti and a standing ovation.

Fans travelled from across the US and Canada to the CBS studio in Los Angeles to see the stalwart's final appearance.

Fan at filming of The Price is Right
The recording was an emotional experience for some fans
"He's just always been part of everybody's household," Juanita Stevens, who travelled from Georgia, told KFWB radio.

Ryan Gagney, 29, from Oakland, Maine, told Reuters: "When we heard that this was Bob's last show, we said we had to get out here."

The winner of Barker's final Showcase Showdown, a woman called Denise, went home with two new cars, an electric grill and a cruise.

Her main rival, Philip, said he queued up for five days to see Barker's last show live.

The host, a prominent animal rights supporter, signed off with his usual line: "Help control the pet population, have your pets spayed or neutered. Goodbye everybody."

Good listener

Barker began his national TV career in 1956 as host of another long-running game show, NBC's popular Truth or Consequences.

"This is a very emotional time for me," Barker said at a press conference.

"This is the first time since I was 21 years old that I didn't have a show. I'm looking forward to being bored."

He said the key to his success was listening. "When I talk with someone, I listen," he said. "And I think if you do, you're going to find little nuggets of gold to go with."


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