Long-running game show “The Price Is Right” won a pregnancy bias lawsuit Tuesday in a California court, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Former “Price” model Shane Stirling sued CBS and Freelantle Media in 2010, alleging that she was unfairly let go from the show after she had a baby. Stirling took leave for her pregnancy in 2007 and was eventually dismissed after she returned in 2008.
Blaming discrimination, Stirling claimed she was fired due to the effects of pregnancy. She cited comments from one of the show’s producers, Kathy Greco, who was quoted in a deposition saying Stirling had become “a few pounds overweight.”
But California judge Charles Palmer accepted the defense’s claims for letting Stirling go as a “legitimate” reason. Producers state that in 2007 the show underwent a major overhaul when longtime host Bob Barker retired and Drew Carey replaced him. They used the opportunity to make several creative changes to revamp the game show, including cutting the modeling staff in half, from ten women to five. Stirling was one of the women cut, in part, because the others allegedly had better chemistry with Carey.
Stirling is one of many models who have sued the show over the years for harassment and discrimination, including former Miss USA Brandi Cochran, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom, and Lanisha Cole, according to THR.
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