LOS ANGELES — A judge says he expects to rule against television model Holly Hallstrom in her lawsuit claiming she was unjustly fired by game show host Bob Barker and a corporation that produces "The Price Is Right."
Barker, 76, also has a libel and slander suit against Hallstrom, who appeared with him on the show for 19 years until 1995. He alleges she defamed him in two television interviews and the National Enquirer after she left the program. That case was set for trial Sept. 22.
"We're back to where we were when we filed the suit, with a trial date, and her claims have been dismissed," Barker's attorney, Ronald Guttman, said Monday of the judge's stated intent to rule against Hallstrom in her case against Barker and TPIR, LLC — the show's producer.
The judge's formal ruling was expected within a week.
Nick Alden, an attorney for Hallstrom, said his client would appeal if the judge does rule against her.
Barker has been the host of TV's longest-running game show since 1972.