Television personality Bob Barker, who hosted the CBS game show “The Price Is Right” for 35 years, was hospitalized Tuesday after a nasty fall on a sidewalk near his home in the Hollywood Hills. Barker, 91, was in stable condition following the incident, according to media reports.
TMZ.com reports that Barker “split the side of his forehead open” in the accident, which was reportedly witnessed by LAPD officers who happened to be in the area while Barker was out on his daily walk.
“The officers actually saw Barker fall and the officers jumped out of their car and rendered first aid until paramedics arrived,” the website reports. “We’re told the 91-year-old suffered a 1-1/2 inch laceration on the right side of his forehead. He also hurt his knee. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai for treatment.”
Barker was later released and was reportedly resting at home. Henri Bollinger, Barker’s longtime publicist, told the AP that Barker walked out of the hospital after receiving stitches for his head wound and being treated for various scrapes.
Bollinger said Barker’s exercise routine will be cut back for now. He told the AP: “He’s upset he can’t work out and take his walks. Considering his age, he’s in pretty good shape.”
Barker, who won 19 Daytime Emmys during his long TV career, took over “The Price Is Right” after a long stint by Bill Cullen as host. Barker retired in 2007, and the show, one of the longest-running series in the history of television, is now hosted by Drew Carey.