Locals Bid Farewell to Priceless Barker

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After 35 years of hosting the legendary game show "The Price is Right," Bob Barker will soon take his final bow.

"I think it's never going to be the same because he was the beginning he's been there so many years now," said Brenham resident Debra Russell. "I think it'll be good but it'll be different. I just wish I could interview for the job."

Russell knows just what the job entails, as last year she celebrated her 50th birthday with Barker on national television. She says it's Barker's relationship with the audience that truly makes the show special.

"During the commercial breaks, he talks to the audience and he takes questions," said Russell. "If somebody brings him a present, he takes it then, or a picture, or anything like that."

Russell struck it big on the show as the top winner of the Showcase Showdown. However, she wasn't the only one that had the opportunity to meet the game legend.

"I got to go on stage and kiss Bob Barker," said Virginia Boeker, Russell's friend. "I mean I have been watching him since I was itsy bitsy."

Many Americans are sad to see Barker end his 35-year reign hosting the show.

"I have watched him for a number of years with the family, and we sure are sorry to see him leaving," said Brazos County Resident Chuck Crowder.

Others feel the game great can never be replaced.

"He set the attitude and the atmosphere, and he added his touch with the animal thing," said Russell.

Bob Barker hosted his last prime time special, "The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular," Wednesday evening on KBTX.