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The Price Is Right’s Bob Barker Hosted More Game Shows Than You Probably Think

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Before “The Price Is Right” ever came into his life, Barker was the host of “Truth or Consequences.” In 1956, Barker was hired to host the show, which had contestants perform stunts, and if they failed at one, they would get a quick round of questions they needed to answer. Barker hosted the competition series until 1974, meaning there were multiple years of overlap with his time hosting “The Price Is Right” as he was hired for that gig in 1972. 

Before making its way to television, “Truth or Consequences” was actually hosted through NBC radio and headed by Ralph Edwards from 1940 to 1957, according to the Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Other TV hosts besides Barker came along including Edwards, Jack Bailey, Steve Dunne, Bob Hilton, and Larry Anderson. It was also later adapted for British television as “Would I Lie To You?” Hosted by Steve Penk, the adaptation aired from 1998 to 1999. 

Barker had been aware of the “Truth or Consequences” radio show before taking on hosting duties and he considered Ralph Edwards an influence and one of the biggest figures in game show entertainment, the host told the Television Academy Foundation.

According to Barker in the same interview, Edwards got the idea to hire Barker after being dissatisfied with host auditions and turning on his car radio and hearing Barker’s voice.

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