Legendary game show host Bob Barker has just turned 97, and fans and colleagues are celebrating the occasion on social media. He is perhaps best known for hosting The Price Is Right on CBS between 1972 to 2007 before retiring from his television career after 50 years. Honoring the iconic TV personality, fans are taking to Twitter with tribute posts in honor of his 97th birthday.
"Happy birthday to you Bob Barker! Wishing you many, many more to come. Enjoy your special day to the fullest," posted one fan on Twitter.
Fans of all ages are honoring Bob on his 97th birthday with another tweeting, "I remember watching him on tv with my nana. She had the tv volume on high lol . Happy Birthday Bob Barker!"
Referencing the iconic fight scene between Barker and Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore, one fan posts a photo of Barker and writes, "Bob Barker is 97 today. He looks like he could still kick Adam Sandler's ass. Happy birthday Bob!"
In 2004, Barker chose Rich Fields to serve as the announcer of The Price Is Right. Looking back, Fields is thanking Barker for the opportunity along with sending his wishes for Barker to have a happy birthday. He writes, "#HappyBirthday Mr. Barker! Christine and I thank you for everything. Thank you [for] selecting me as your #PriceIsRight announcer back in 2004, it changed our lives. Your kindness and generosity toward us has been humbling. We will forever cherish your friendship."
Barker, an advocate for animal rights, was also honored with a post from PETA. Linking to an article covering some of the ways Barker has worked to benefit animals, the post reads, "Happy birthday to television icon & one of the greatest animal rights proponents ever, #BobBarker! Partying face From objecting to vivisection to calling for the release of captive orcas, here are ten times Bob made the world a kinder place for animals."
"#HAPPYBIRTHDAY, #BOBBARKER - 97 TODAY!" also tweets Animal Defenders International. "The legendary, Emmy Award-winning host of #ThePriceIsRight (a show he ended each week urging people to neuter their pets), #animaladvocate & #philanthropist has long been a #voiceforthevoiceless & supporter of #ADI... One of the most articulate & inspiring voices for #animals, he drew crowds when we launched TEAPA (Traveling Exotic Animal and Protection Act - subsequently renamed #TEAPSPA) at US Congress, he has appeared many times in media for #ADI & narrated ADI's #NoFunforElephants video."
The official Twitter for Pluto TV's The Price Is Right: The Barker Era also tweeted, "Wishing the one and only Bob Barker a very happy 97th Birthday! Be well Mr. Barker! From your friends, loyal and true! Standing ovations all around!"
"Happy Birthday to national treasure, #BobBarker, who turns 97 today! Let's all hope Bob makes it to 100 AND goes over! What better way to celebrate than to watch classic, early 80's episodes of The Price Is Right all day on Pluto TV," a fan tweets back in response.