Former CBS TV game show host and executive producer of “The Price is Right,” Bob Barker, is back in the news again. TMZ reports that another one of Bob Barker’s Beauties walked into the LA County Superior Court and filed a lawsuit on Friday, Aug. 6.
Model Shane Stirling insists that Barker got her fired because she became pregnant. Citing CBS and producer FremantleMedia, along with Barker for discrimination, she joins a string of former glamor hostesses that have sought damages for what they consider to be unlawful practices behind the scenes of the popular game show.
Stirling, who joined the cast in 2002, is suing for more than $25,000, allegedly claiming that Barker said her pregnancy was “dangerous” and a “liability.”
When Barker was the host of “The Price is Right,” Stirling says the exec was friendly. That all came to a screeching halt when the model announced she was expecting. According to TMZ, Barker suggested that Ms. Stirling leave the show and was allegedly told by the host to “go home and take care of your baby.”
She gave birth in 2007, but was not permitted to return to work until 2008, almost a year after she had her baby.
Stirling points out that she was forced to take too much time off after the birth. When she finally returned, there were new staffers, Barker was gone, and Drew Carey was the show’s new host. Producer Kathy Greco allegedly told Stirling that the show was going in a new direction. No thanks, we don’t want you…and by the way, you’re fired! That’s about the size of it.
The new mom believes if she was allowed to return sooner, she would have been able to meet the new people aboard, jockey for a position, with a better chance to keep her job.
The former “Price is Right” hostess joins Brandi Cochran, another Barker Beauty, who is also suing the flamboyant TV star claiming staffers of the show began treating her badly when they learned she was pregnant. She says she was referred to as a “wide load.”
Initially, Cochran didn’t even tell the show she was preggo for fear of being fired. Ultimately, Cochran suffered a miscarriage from the stress and abuse.
Long History of Dissatisfied Models
Facing lawsuits is not so unusual for Barker. In 1993, “Price is Right” model Dian Parkinson cited years of sexual harassment in her lawsuit, which she later withdrew. (Video here).
In 1995, Holly Hallstrom was booted off the game show. The reason: weight gain from prescription drugs. Hallstrom won her case and received a multi-million dollar settlement. (See NBC Today Show interview here).
Janice Pennington and the first African-American model, Kathleen Bradley, were wrongfully fired, (most likely for testifying for Hallstrom in court). Both ladies sued and settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
My Celebrity Encounter
In July, I wrote a story about a celebrity encounter with Mr. Barker and TV Star Tom Poston. You can imagine my surprise to find the host back in the news, less than a month after I wrote the article. I thought Barker was finally settling down to a nice, quiet life behind the scenes as executive producer. Read my story, go here. It may give you some perspective on Stirling and Cochran’s woes.
As for the big brass at CBS, no comment from them, Barker, or producer FreemantleMedia.