It’s been thirteen years since Bob Barker retired from hosting “The Price Is Right,” but the 96 year-old still “enjoys” watching the iconic game show.
“He likes Drew Carey and enjoys the show,” a friend told Closer Weekly. “He’s a fan.”
These days, Barker spends most of his time at his Hollywood Hills home, where he has a full-time caretaker.
“He’s not that mobile but can get around with assistance in his wheelchair,” admitted the friend, who explained that Barker has suffered two strokes and several bad falls over the years.
Despite this, the friend said that Barker does not dwell on his problems and has “no regrets” about his career.
“We didn’t solve the world’s problems,” Barker himself said. “But we hopefully helped you to forget your problems for just a while.”
Though he doesn’t get around as well as he used to, Barker still often visits the grave of his beloved wife, Dorothy Jo. They met at an Ella Fitzgerald concert when they were both 15 and loped in 1945, remaining devoted to one another until Dorothy Jo tragically died of lung cancer in 1981 at the age of 57.
“We were a team,” Barker said of his late wife. “I couldn’t have done what I did if it weren’t for her.”
It was Dorothy Jo who made Barker conscience of the plight of animals.
“She was ahead of her time. She stopped wearing fur coats before anyone. She became a vegetarian … and gradually I did the same thing,” he explained.
Barker went on to launch the DJ&T Foundation, which is named after Dorothy Jo and his mother, Tillie, to provide low-cost spay and neutering services and to fight animal mistreatment.
“Bob is a trailblazer in his devotion to the well-being of animals,” the friend said. Barker never had any children, and he plans to leave most of his fortune to the foundation when he passes.
At 96, a source said that Barker is not only looking back at his past fondly, as he also has hopes for the future.
“He’s not afraid,” said a source. “I think he can’t wait for the day that he and Dorothy Jo are reunited.”