The 88-year-old host was asked why he didn’t appear on the special and Barker replied that the network “chose to ignore me, which is fine.”
Barker was shown in several clips from past episodes in the anniversary show, but was not invited to appear.
Bob speculated that CBS is trying to get back at him over his criticism of the network for “giving away prizes that I consider inappropriate.”
The animal lover had complained about the show giving away tickets to Sea World and the Calgary Stampede because he feels those groups “are notorious for animal abuse.”
Both groups claim that their animals receive exceptional care.
Bob Barker has donated millions of dollars to animal-rights causes since retiring from The Price Is Right in 2007. He was replaced by Drew Carey, who hosted Tuesday’s anniversary episode.
The former host insists he’s fine with not being included, but stated, “When you celebrate a 40th anniversary, you would think you’d have the fellow who did the show for 35 years there.”
CBS declined to comment on Bob Barker’s remarks.