"Come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price Is Right!"
Five days a week, for decades, these immortal words emerged from millions of American television sets. The Price Is Right stands as the longest-running game show in US history, so it has become a regular a part of countless people's lives: a bright and entertaining way to spend an hour of the day and an undeniable comfort in a stressful and sometimes scary world. But like any good American institution, the show saw its fair share of behind-the-scenes secrets and stories the public knows virtually nothing about.
The Price Is Right began life in 1956 in a noticeably different format. Hosted by Bill Cullen, it ran until 1965, but it was so popular that for a brief period during its initial run,creators started a weekly nighttime version. After its cancellation, the show was extensively retooled, eventually returning to the airwaves in 1972, this time with the legendary Bob Barker hosting. This second incarnation is the version everyone knows and loves today. Since its debut, The Price Is Right has given away more than a quarter of a billion dollars in cash and prizes and secured itself a permanent place in popular culture.
Now come on down, and let's look at some of the behind-the-scenes secrets from The Price Is Right.