February 08, 2010 12:00 PM

>• The retired Price Is Right host and animal activist, 86, funded an antiwhaling ship, the Bob Barker, to curtail commercial whaling.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY?

[Founder Paul Watson] said that if he had $5 million, he could put the Japanese whaling fleet out of business. I said, “I have $5 million, let’s get it on.”

SO THE BOB BARKER HAD ITS FIRST RESCUE MISSION JAN. 6?

My ship pulled six volunteers out of the cold water [when they collided with a whaling ship]. They could’ve died in the Antarctic. I was just so elated that I made it possible.

HOW’S RETIRED LIFE?

I was looking forward to just sitting, but I’ve been all over the country the last two years working on [animal causes]. I sit very little!

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