Price Is Right host Bob Barker hospitalized due to back pain

USA TODAY

Published 10:01 PM EDT Oct 22, 2018

Price Is Right host Bob Barker hospitalized due to back pain

Beloved TV host Bob Barker was hospitalized Monday due to back pain.

Paramedics arrived at Barker's Hollywood Hills home early Monday afternoon and transported the 94-year-old to Cedars Sinai Hospital. The Los Angeles Fire Department described the 1 p.m. PDT call as being one for "unspecified medical aid."    

Barker, who became a TV institution hosting CBS' "The Price Is Right" from 1972 to 2007, was feeling pain from an earlier back injury Monday and it was decided the best course was to go to the hospital, William Prappas, his business manager, told USA TODAY.

"He's still being evaluated. He's awake, alert and more comfortable than he was. Hopefully, he'll be back home soon," Prappas said Monday evening.

Besides hosting "Price" and other game shows, Barker has appeared as himself in numerous films and TV shows, including "Happy Gilmore," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Yes, Dear," according to IMDb. The longtime animal rights activist appeared in 2014 on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" for a story dealing with animal rescue.

Barker made a surprise return to "The Price Is Right" in 2015, joining current host Drew Carey for an April Fool's edition of the long-running game show.

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