Fox News finishes 2018 as most-watched cable network, ‘Hannity’ tops cable news

Fox News Channel finished 2018 as the most-watched basic cable network for the third consecutive year among both primetime and total day viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
“Hannity” was the most-watched cable news program in 2018, averaging 3.3 million viewers.

“Hannity” was the most-watched cable news program in 2018, averaging 3.3 million viewers.

Fox News Channel finished 2018 as the most-watched basic cable network for the third consecutive year among both primetime and total day viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Fox News averaged 2.5 million primetime viewers, the highest-rated year since launching 22 years ago. No other basic cable network surpassed the two-million average viewership plateau, as ESPN averaged 1.8 million primetime viewers to finish second. MSNBC, HGTV and USA rounded out the top five, while CNN averaged only 990,000 primetime viewers to finish eleventh overall.

As for total day ratings, Fox News averaged 1.4 million viewers with second-place MSNBC falling short of the one-million mark. MSNBC averaged 991,000 viewers with Nickelodeon, HGTV and ESPN joining FNC among the top five. CNN averaged 704,000 total day viewers to finish seventh among cable networks.

“Fox News continues to outperform other basic cable networks, proving once again that our news coverage and premiere team of journalists and opinion hosts are the best in the business. With the recent launch of Fox Nation, an increased focus on digital and the strong ratings momentum we have built, we are confident that 2019 will offer our loyal viewers even more ways to engage with Fox News,” CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace said in a joint statement.

“Hannity” finished 2018 as the most-watched cable news program, averaging 3.3 million viewers. MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” averaged 2.9 million to finish second, while Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “The Ingraham Angle,” “The Five” and “Special Report with Bret Baier” made up the six most-watched news programs.

FNC secured 10 of the top 15 programs in total viewers while CNN’s most-watched show was “Cuomo Prime Time,” which finished No. 23 overall. CNN’s top show finished behind 14 Fox News shows and eight different programs on rival MSNBC.

“Hannity” also finished 2018 as the most-watched show on cable among the key demo of adults age 25-54, averaging 643,000 viewers in the category most important to advertisers. Maddow finished second, followed by Carlson, Ingraham and “The Five.”

Fox News had eight of the top 15 spots among the demo, compared to MSNBC’s four and CNN’s three. FNC also finished as the No. 1 network among households with an income of $100,000 per year.

Fox News’ dominant primetime performance finished behind only broadcast networks as the most-watched station in all of television for 2018, but the brand’s digital properties thrived, too.

Fox News Digital page views increased by 10 percent and visits increased by 22 percent, according to Adobe Analytics. Fox News Digital also won across social media, finishing as the No. 1 news brand with nearly twice as many interactions as its closest competitor, CNN.

During 2018, Fox News was No. 1 on Facebook, accounting for 53 percent of all Facebook Live video views in the competitive set.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ sister, Fox Business Network, finished 2018 with its second consecutive yearly win over CNBC in Business Day viewers.

Ellen DeGeneres says she’s considering leaving ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Ellen DeGeneres said she’s considering ending her popular daytime talk show.
Ellen DeGeneres said she's considering leaving "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Ellen DeGeneres said she’s considering leaving “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” (NBC)

Ellen DeGeneres said she’s considering ending her popular daytime talk show.

The comedian told The New York Times on Wednesday that her hosting duties on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” may come to an end in the next few years. DeGeneres said she recently extended her contract until the summer of 2020, but has grappled with whether or not to retire after that.

She added that conflicting advice from her brother, Vance DeGeneres, and her wife, Portia de Rossi, hasn’t made her decision easier.

“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres said about de Rossi, who has advised the comedian to walk away from the talk show.

“I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi said about her advice to DeGeneres. “There are other things she could tackle.”

“I don’t see the end of her show as her career-ending,” the “Arrested Development” actress added.

Vance DeGeneres has been urging his sister to continue the talk show because “in the age of Trump, the country needs her positive, unifying voice on television every day.”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which first aired in September 2003, has been a staple in the daytime talk show lineup with 16 seasons and more than 2,700 episodes under its belt.

“The talk show is me, but I’m also playing a character of a talk-show host,” DeGeneres told the newspaper.

DeGeneres is releasing a Netflix comedy special, “Ellen’s Game of Games,” her first one in 15 years.

Defending champion lacrosse team sings ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ despite song’s controversy

A champion professional lacrosse team took a shot at critics who oppose the controversial Christmas hit “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by singing it at the halftime of an exhibition game over the weekend.
The Saskatchewan Rush sing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ during halftime of their game against the Calgary Roughnecks.

The Saskatchewan Rush sing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ during halftime of their game against the Calgary Roughnecks. (Facebook/Saskatchewan Rush)

A champion professional lacrosse team took a shot at critics opposing controversial Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by singing it during halftime of an exhibition game during the weekend.

The Saskatchewan Rush host a singalong for fans at halftime in each of their home games. Against the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, the team encouraged attendees to sing the classic tune as the Rush players held a fake newspaper with the song title across the top.

The team posted photos on its Facebook page with the caption: “Have you heard? Baby, it’s cold outside.”

The song has come under fire over the last month for lyrics that some call troubling. Critics say the song may send the wrong message about consent.

Bruce Urban, the team owner, said the intention was to poke fun at how sensitive the world has become, according to the Canadian Press. Urban called “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” a “flirtatious, fun Christmas song.”

The Saskatchewan Rush received some backlash after singing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ during halftime of their game against the Calgary Roughnecks.

The Saskatchewan Rush received some backlash after singing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ during halftime of their game against the Calgary Roughnecks. (Facebook/Saskatchewan Rush)

“For those people who are sensitive, I get it. I’m all for a movement that talks about proper and equal rights for men and women…but we need to keep in the limits and not get carried away as well,” Urban said.

However, social media users didn’t see eye-to-eye with Urban’s point of view.

One Twitter user said the Rush’s decision to play the song was “tone deaf, loutish and reinforces the ‘dumb, privileged male athlete’ stereotype.”

On Facebook, one woman commented that the move was “silly.”

“Look at these white men getting uppitty (sic) about something pretty much insignificant. Why not put this kind of effort into (something) that matters? There are a lot homeless folks that could use energy like this to help them when it’s cold outside,” the person wrote.

Other fans appeared to support the team’s decision to sing the song.

The Christmas song was written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and won an Oscar for “Best Original Song” in the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter.”

But in late November, Ohio radio station WDOK Christmas 102.1 announced it was pulling the song from its music rotation after receiving a call from a listener saying the holiday classic may be inappropriate in the #MeToo era.

Pulling the song also sparked a major backlash, leading to some stations, such as KOIT in California, to reinstate the tune on its holiday playlist lineup.

Several radio stations in Canada have also pulled the song, according to the Canadian Press.

The song recently made large gains, however, according to Billboard’s Holiday Digital Sales chart despite the debate that has engulfed the U.S. and Canada.

The Rush are the defending National Lacrosse League champions and are set to get their season underway Dec. 28 against the New England Black Wolves.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer says alleged victims ‘lied,’ prosecutor interested in ‘political correctness’

A week before a hearing that could decide the fate of the Manhattan District Attorney’s rape case against Harvey Weinstein, the primary lawyer for the much-accused producer today ferociously attacked alleged victims and prosecutors.

Harvey Weinstein denies offering acting jobs in exchange for sex

Disgraced former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein is denying he admitted to The Spectator that he offered acting jobs to women in exchange for sex.

A week before a hearing that could decide the fate of the Manhattan District Attorney’s rape case against Harvey Weinstein, the primary lawyer for the much-accused producer today ferociously attacked alleged victims and prosecutors.

“Contrary to what Mr. Wilson would have us believe, the issue before this Court is one of law and not political correctness,” Ben Brafman told New York Supreme Court Justice James Burke in a letter filed Tuesday morning in response to correspondence by Assistant D.A. Kevin Wilson on December 7. Back then Deadline noted that the white gloves have come off in the lead-up to the December 20 hearing in NYC. Today it seems the pummelling has intensified.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS: A TIMELINE OF EVENTS

“We also note with great respect that, as a result of our extensive investigation, we now have access to the personal email exchanges between Mr. Weinstein and many of the most vocal women who have made sexual allegations against him,” the often-acerbic attorney adds of the now disgraced producer’s The Weinstein Company digital correspondence that he fought so hard to get out of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings (read the letter here).

“For the most part, these extraordinary emails suggest, beyond question, that many of these women have lied in making their complaints against Mr. Weinstein,” Brafman drops like an atom bomb on the current proceedings that could see Weinstein behind bars for life if found guilty on all counts. “We respectfully bring this information to your Honor’s attention, as the public outcry that has been made against Mr. Weinstein cannot be allowed to overwhelm the proceedings pending in this case as so many, including the People, have urged,” it then follows, after a litany of woes about how unfairly the once sharp elbowed Weinstein has been treated in the press by the cops and the D.A.’s office.

As to be expected, that pert statement of accusers being liars isn’t followed with a plethora of examples or actual emails to confirm its authenticity. Instead, with more than 60 women having accused Weinstein of sexual assault or sexual harassment since the New York Times first broke its expose on the producer in October 2017, Brafman mentions former producer assistant Mimi Haleyi in a footnote and conjures up a single case from March 2013 that he first revealed might have another POV in a November 29 filing.

In fact, Brafman seems in such a lather that the letter sent today and circulated among the media by Weinstein flacks actually gets the dates wrong, substituting 2018 for 2013.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN CHARGED IN THIRD SEX CRIME

“There is a fundamental difference between the prosecution generally informing a Grand Jury that a complaining witness continued to have a friendship with the accused after the time she claims she was sexually assaulted and presenting the actual available evidence to the Grand Jury that the person who claims to have been raped with force in those early morning hours of March 2018 actually chose later that very same evening to go to the movies to see her attacker at his own screening.”

In what seems to have become the preferred public forum of late for both sides in the media spotlighted matter ahead of the December 20 hearing, today’s letter from the Brafman & Associates founder rolled out a lot of the same assertions that Weinstein’s defense has made for months, like trolling the NYPD role in the investigation and its fractured relationship with Cyrus Vance Jr’s office amidst the landmines of NYC politics.

Not that the once solid looking case hasn’t had some serious problems. Prosecutors moved to dismiss one of the sexual assault charges in October. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the lead prosecutor in the case, acknowledged to Justice Burke that the lead detective in the case had committed a big mistake in failing to tell them about other witnesses who had cast doubt on the credibility of one of Weinstein’s accusers, Lucia Evans.

As in past motions and correspondence, Brafman asserts today that due to perceived flaws in the investigation and subsequent presentation to the Grand Jury for indictments this summer, the whole case should be tossed out or done over with a new Grand Jury.

The Manhattan D.A. did not respond today to requests from Deadline on the latest letter from Brafman. However, with over a week to go before the possible pivotal hearing before Justice Burke, don’t been surprised if they drop another letter of their own in the next few days in this legal and media war.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN SEEN ON VIDEO ASKING WOMAN IF HE CAN FLIRT WITH HER IN 2011 HOURS BEFORE ALLEGED RAPE

Despite Brafman’s assertion that many of Weinstein’s accusers are liars, there are dozens and dozens of women such as Ashley Judd, who is fighting a retaliation case in federal court, with very similar stories of misconduct by the producer.

Additionally, Weinstein is under investigation by federal prosecutors as well as the probe by the Manhattan D.A.’s office and the NYPD. Allegations against Weinstein have been reviewed by the LAPD, which sent an initial trio of cases to the L.A. County D.A. on February 8. Another case was handed over to that same office in in August. As UK police continue their investigation, the Beverly Hills Police passed two cases of sexual assault that they say occurred in their jurisdiction to Lacey’s office on January 2.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski apologizes for using homophobic slur to describe Mike Pompeo

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski apologized on Wednesday for using a homophobic slur when describing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt-boy.”

‘Morning Joe’s’ Mika apologizes for Pompeo gay slur

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mika Brzezinski apologized on Wednesday for using a homophobic slur when describing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a ‘butt-boy.’

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski apologized on Wednesday for using a homophobic slur when describing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt-boy.”

Brzezinski took issue with Pompeo’s recent comments to Fox News regarding Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now?” Brzezinski asked. “Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on ‘Fox and Friends,’ is that a patriot speaking, or a wannabe dictator’s buttboy? I’m dead serious. I’m asking, are these the words of a patriot?”

A viewer took to Twitter, calling the remark “as homophobic a term as I’ve heard on national morning television,” noting that MSNBC did not include the slur in its closed captioning. “Maybe don’t equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia,” the viewer wrote.

Brzezinski agreed and quoted the tweet while offering an apology. She also apologized to Senator Dick Durbin, who was on set.

“SUPER BAD choice of words,” she wrote. “I should have said ‘water boy’… like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too! SO SORRY!”

MSNBC did not immediately respond when asked if the network condones or plans to do anything about Brzezinski’s comment.

Fox News’ Janice Dean took notice and responded to Brzezinski on Twitter.

“This apology isn’t good enough. Not a simple oops moment. It’s deeply disturbing,” Dean wrote.

Brzezinski isn’t the first MSNBC star to make homophobic remarks.

Joy Reid infamously claimed hateful and anti-gay rhetoric on her pre-fame blog was planted by diabolical hackers – a claim that quickly fell apart. Reid had even said she reported the hacking “crime” to the FBI. She eventually kinda-sorta admitted writing homophobic slurs.

Back in April, Reid got emotional on the air and admitted it seemed unlikely she was hacked, but that she didn’t recall making the offensive remarks, for which she apologized anyway.

“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things,” Reid told her viewers, adding, “The person I am now is not the person I was then.”

MSNBC stood by Reid and she continues to host a show on the network.

Gisele Bündchen can’t convince Tom Brady to retire from football

Gisele Bündchen can’t get Tom Brady to leave the NFL — and she’s tried.

Gisele Bündchen’s shocking transformation

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen undergoes an edgy transformation for the cover of Vogue Italia. The magazine and model is honoring the career of singer Mina.

Gisele Bündchen can’t get Tom Brady to leave the NFL — and she’s tried.

The supermodel appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, where the hostess, a New Orleans Saints fan, urged Bündchen to get Brady to quit his job as quarterback for the New England Patriots.

TOM BRADY CELEBRATES GISELE’S NEW BOOK

“I think you should talk with him about that. I haven’t been very successful [at it],” Bündchen, 38, said. “I want him to do whatever makes him happy, but maybe if you have a conversation with him — explain that you love the Saints.”

She added that while she’s concerned about the potential injuries Brady, 41, may suffer in the game, she can’t stop him from his passion.

“I definitely wouldn’t want to have his job … it’s definitely something that you get concerned [about],” she said. “He loves it so much, and you got to let him do what he loves.”

GISELE RECALLS WHEN TOM BRADY TOLD HER HIS EX WAS PREGNANT WITH HIS CHILD

The Brazilian-born bombshell also addressed rumors that she’s retiring.

“I’m the farthest I’ve ever been from retiring,” she said. “I’ve never worked so hard in my life actually. … I love working, I love creating. That’s why we’re here, to just keep creating and expanding and learning.”

Beto O’Rourke, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey among Hollywood elites’ top choices to take on Trump

Oprah Winfrey and Beto O’Rourke are Hollywood women’s top picks to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Liberal superstars Oprah Winfrey, Beto O’Rourke, and Michelle Obama are among the top picks of the most powerful women in Hollywood to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, while country legend Dolly Parton and talk show titan Ellen DeGeneres can each lay claim to at least one vote, too.

That’s according to a survey compiled by The Hollywood Reporter at their Women in Entertainment Power 100 event, which revealed that O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat who lost to Ted Cruz in the midterm Senate race, resonated strongly with the Hollywood elite, as did TV legend Winfrey.

“I think about Oprah, the power of women and the power she personally brings,” Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders said. “The platform that she has used so beautifully, she’s built over 30 years. When you think of people running for president and the values they hold dear and how they would represent you as an individual and us as a collective, I think she brings all of the talent and values to bear.”

Winfrey, 64, previously sparked rumors of presidential ambitions in her riveting Golden Globes speech in January, but denied any desire to hold the Oval Office.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was a hit among the female Hollywood powerbrokers also, as were Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, Elizabeth Warren and the former first lady.

“A version of Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke. Or Beto and Kamala,” Marvel executive vice president of physical and post-production Victoria Alonso suggested.

“Oprah Winfrey and Dolly Parton — I actually have asked them both to run, I even made T-shirts. Unfortunately, I don’t think I convinced either of them,” Susan Rovner, executive vice president of development at Warner Bros. TV said.

Lisa Gregorian, president and chief market officer at Warner Bros. TV had a different blonde in mind for Winfrey’s running mate.

"I had a dream Snoop Dogg was my running mate," DeGeneres said, "but we couldn’t decide who would be president and who would be vice president, so we went and got pizza instead."

“I had a dream Snoop Dogg was my running mate,” DeGeneres said, “but we couldn’t decide who would be president and who would be vice president, so we went and got pizza instead.” (NBC)

“Oprah and Ellen. Seriously,” she said. “If I had said Trump to you five years ago, would you have believed it could come true?”

DeGeneres, however, had other ideas.

“I had a dream Snoop Dogg was my running mate,” she said, “but we couldn’t decide who would be president and who would be vice president, so we went and got pizza instead. Is that what you mean?”

Michelle Obama also struck chords with the entertainment industry insiders.

“A strong and diverse woman and mother in the White House would be awesome,” Rita Ferro, president of ad sales at Disney-ABC said.

‘Oprah Winfrey and Dolly Parton — I actually have asked them both to run, I even made T-shirts’

— Susan Rovner, Warner Bros. TV exec

Some wanted Michelle to team up with former Vice President Joe Biden, while others wanted to see her with Winfrey or O’Rourke.

Stephanie Gibbons, vice president of FX Networks multiplatform marketing, had a rather unique take that involved some rule changes and reincarnation.

“It’s my dream that Obama comes back with a waiver on term limits and Lincoln comes back from the other side as his VP,” she said. “P.S. Oprah is Senate majority leader and Rachel Maddow is speaker of the House. They both take over as president and VP in 2024.”

‘Love Actually’ star Olivia Olson is all grown up

The nine-year-old that made a splash with her rendition of “All I Want for Christmas” in the 2003 film “Love Actually” is all grown up and still performing.
'Love Actually' star Olivia Olson looks completely different.

‘Love Actually’ star Olivia Olson looks completely different. (Getty Images)

The 10-year-old that made a splash with her rendition of “All I Want for Christmas” in the 2003 film “Love Actually” is all grown up and still performing.

Olivia Olson, who played Joanna in the romantic comedy, appeared on Australian TV’s “The Morning Show” to discuss her role in the movie and where she’s come all these years later. Although she got her start at an early age, she’s continued to work, both musically and using her voice for animated projects like “Adventure Time” and “Phineas and Ferb.”

While she’s aged into her role, her start was far from the typical Hollywood story.

“I went behind my dad’s back, me and my mom, and we got an acting agent and [‘Love Actually’] was actually the first thing I ever auditioned for, and I surprisingly booked it. But, I didn’t think I did very well. I didn’t get a call back until three months later so… I thought I bombed it.”

Fortunately, she was called back and she had the chance to show off her impressive pipes, even at a young age. In fact, she told the chat show hosts that her voice had to be lowered in quality for the film as the director thought her audition was too good to be a believable 10-year-old.

“So, we went in and I did the first take and they were like, ‘OK Olivia, that was great, one second.’ Then things just went silent and I could see all the adults conversing, and I thought I did really bad or something like that.”

Olson has come a long way since the singing scene in the 2003 movie. She appeared on the talk show in order to promote a new book that she helped write. It’s the personal journal of her character from “Adventure Time,” Marceline. She continues to make music and work with her father every day.

Steph Curry’s bizarre US moon landing comments spark flood of hilarious Twitter questions

NBA star Steph Curry has been over the moon after winning each of his three championships — and, to him, that’s closer to the lunar surface than anyone else has gotten.

NBA’s Stephen Curry reportedly does not believe in moon landing

NASA responds: NBA’s Stephen Curry reportedly does not believe in moon landing

NBA star Steph Curry has been over the moon after winning each of his three championships — and, to him, that’s closer to the lunar surface than anyone else has gotten.

Curry claims he doesn’t want to “start conspiracies” but his loony lunar doubts about the U.S. moon landings is one giant leap too far for many fans, who questioned if the statement was a publicity stunt and peppered the Golden State Warriors’ point guard with plenty of probing questions Tuesday.

A day earlier, speaking as a guest on the “Winging It” podcast, Curry asked hosts Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore and Annie Finberg, as well as his teammate Andre Iguodala, whether they believed man ever truly made it to the moon. When the group voiced skepticism about moon missions — despite NASA’s insurmountable proof — Curry agreed and jokingly added, “They’re going to come get us.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Curry retweeted an article about his denial of the moon landings, sharing an emoji wearing a pair of shades.

STEPH CURRY SAYS HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN US MOON LANDINGS: REPORT

NASA even invited Curry to take a tour of one of its lunar labs, which contains hundreds of pounds of moon rocks and information about the Apollo moon missions.

“There’s lots of evidence NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the moon from 1969-1972. We’d love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told Space.com.

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly even requested a “talk” with Curry, inviting the player to direct message him on Twitter.

Curry hasn’t expounded on his initial remarks, but he did host a Twitter Q&A about his new shoes Tuesday night — and the conversation was “out of this world,” with many fans flooding the star’s feed with hilarious moon-related questions.

NBA’S STEPH CURRY RESPONDS TO GIRL, 9, WHO WAS ‘DISAPPOINTED’ BY STAR’S ‘BOY’S SNEAKER’

“#AskSteph Will there be a moon pair of the Curry 6’s??” one Twitter user asked.

“#AskSteph are the Curry 6 built to walk on the moon? will u be the 1st to walk on the moon with the Curry 6?” another joked.

“I heard the first human footsteps on the moon were taken in Curry 6’s can you confirm #AskSteph,” one Twitter user pondered.

“Will you send the 6 to the Moon #AskSteph,” a man prodded.

Curry, however, seemed to sidestep all of the space-related questions. Instead, he focused on inquiries about the design of his new shoe and one of his greatest achievements on the basketball court.

It’s unclear whether Curry will ever clarify his position on U.S. moon landings, but he did promise another Q&A “soon,” giving fans another opportunity to get a response.

‘Price Is Right’ icon Bob Barker’s best cameos, from ‘Happy Gilmore’ to ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Bob Barker has given fans a glimpse of his fiery — yet spunky — personality with his quirky cameos on various television shows and movies through the years.
Bob Barker, 94, has had a long career in showbiz.

Bob Barker, 94, has had a long career in showbiz. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Bob Barker has given fans a glimpse of his fiery — yet spunky — personality through his quirky cameos on various television shows and movies over the years.

The former “Price Is Right” icon, who turns 95 Wednesday and who hosted the famous game show for 35 years, often plays himself with a twist.

Barker has received 11 acting credits since 1960 when he first starred as Mort on “Bonanza.” But perhaps his most iconic role came more than 35 laters, as he joined Adam Sandler’s comedy “Happy Gilmore.”

BOB BARKER HOSPITALIZED FOR SECOND TIME IN TWO MONTHS OVER SEVERE BACK PAIN

In honor of Barker’s 95th birthday Wednesday, here’s a look back at five of his most noteworthy acting roles.

“Happy Gilmore”

WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS CRUDE LANGUAGE

Barker’s famous fight with Sandler (Happy Gilmore) in the 1996 film, which later earned the pair an MTV Award for “Best Fight.”

“I’d like to thank Bob for being 72 years old and still letting me punch him in the face. And I’d like to thank my mom for encouraging me to punch him in the face,” Sandler joked as the pair thanked the crowd for the honor.

“I’m very thrilled,” Barker added. “And Adam has promised me that in ‘Happy Gilmore 2,’ I’ll get more money and a love scene.”

In the film, Sandler’s character partnered up with Barker at a Pro-Am golf tournament. Disappointed by his performance, Barker started mocking the pro-golf player. He suggested, instead, that he works at a snack bar.

“You better relax, Bob,” Happy warned.

ADAM SANDLER AND BOB BARKER’S ‘HAPPY GILMORE’ FEUD LIVES ON

“There’s no way you could be as bad at hockey as you are at golf,” Barker quipped.

That’s when the pair started to raise their fists. Happy threw the first punch, sending Barker rolling.

“You like that old man? You want a piece of me?” Happy asks.

“I don’t want a piece of you — I want the whole thing,” Barker replies, punching Happy in the stomach and face 16 times before kicking him.

“How I Met Your Mother”

Neil Patrick Harris said working with Barker on an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” back in 2007 was “just a dream come true.”

In the episode, called “Showdown” in Season 2, Barney Stinson (played by Harris) became a contestant on “The Price Is” right, hoping to get closer to who he thought was his biological father — Barker. When he was younger, his mother

“It was so fun for this little splinter group of our show to head over to play Plinko and spin the wheel,” Harris said.

Barney ended up winning both showcases and he finally confirms Barker isn’t his father after all.

“SpongeBob Squarepants”

Barker voiced a guest character in a 2015 episode of Nickelodeon’s popular cartoon “SpongeBob Squarepants.”

The star played “Bob Barnacle,” a loving snail rescue center owner who helped care for strays. Barker, an animal activist in real life, also used his signature line during the show, according to Yahoo! Entertainment.

‘PRICE IS RIGHT’ CONTESTANT CONFUSES HOST DREW CAREY FOR BOB BARKER

“And remember to have your pets spayed or neutered,” he said, per the media site.

“WWE Raw”

Barker hosted an episode of “The Price Is Right to Raw” on “WWE Live” in 2009.

It was apparently his first appearance on television since he retired from “The Price Is Right” in 2007, Vice reports.

“I thank you for that wonderful welcome. I wish I had a refrigerator for everyone!” Barker exclaimed to a crowd of wrestling fans. “We are really going to party tonight!”

The highlight of the note was Barker’s “trash-talking” with WWE star Chris Jericho.

“My trash-talking with Chris was inspired by the fear that my life was in danger,” Barker later joked to WWE, adding he had “the best time” guest-hosting the show.

“Something So Right”

Barker guest starred on “Something So Right” twice — in 1996 and 1997.

He played Carly Davis’ (Mel Harris) father, Ben, in the series. His character was introduced during a Thanksgiving episode.