One of television’s best-known game shows will air a special next week benefitting the country’s largest abortion provider.
The Price Is Right at Night, a primetime spinoff of the popular daytime series, will feature model and actor RuPaul playing alongside other contestants. Although the contestants will be trying to win prizes, RuPaul’s winnings will benefit Planned Parenthood, according to a news release.
The special, hosted by Drew Carey, will air May 11 on CBS. It was recorded prior to the pandemic.
Planned Parenthood’s annual report for 2018-19 showed its clinics performed more abortions (345,672) than any other organization in the U.S. It was a record for Planned Parenthood.
RuPaul is the executive producer and host of VH1’s RuPaul's Drag Race and is the “most commercially successful drag queen of all time,” the press release from CBS said.
It isn’t the first time The Price Is Right at Night has benefited other organizations. Seth Rogan appeared on The Price Is Right at Night last December and earned money for his charity, Hilarity for Charity, which raises awareness for Alzheimer's disease. Another episode featured cast members from the series SEAL Team playing for the charity Headstrong Project, which provides mental health treatment for post-9/11 veterans.
News of The Price Is Right-Planned Parenthood tie sparked plenty of pushback on social media.
“I remember [former host] Bob Barker always saying to get your pets spayed or neutered. Wonder what he would say about this,” one person wrote on Facebook under an article by Life News, which also reported on the controversy.
“So the Price Is Right has now gone from ‘save the pets,’ to ‘kill the human babies,’” another person wrote.
“I will not be watching,” a third person wrote. “Whatever happened to family tv and setting examples of morality?”
Still another person wrote, “Goodbye to my favorite game show.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.