The Price Is Right (1972– )
Hallstrom counter sued Barker for age, weight and medical discrimination, wrongful termination and malicious prosecution (Hallstrom v. Barker). In October 2005, Hallstrom received a multi-million dollar settlement. The settlement would have possibly been more, but early settlement agreements all contained a "hush clause" that forbade Hallstrom from saying anything disparaging about Barker to any form of the media. However, Barker himself refused to agree to the mutuality clause of the settlement agreement, thereby retaining the right to speak freely against Hallstrom in the media. In order to retain her right to speak about the case, and to protect herself against what she called "Bob Barker's shameful manipulation of the media", Hallstrom accepted a lesser financial amount, but with a settlement that did not contain a hush clause. She has also started a foundation for individuals who have suffered wrongful or malicious conditions in the workplace, and don't have the power or resources (financially or otherwise) to go up against powerful individuals (whether it be their boss or CEO, etc.) or large corporations, despite having a valid, non-frivolous claim.
Hallstrom has never married and has no children, which is why she believes she was the one member of The Price Is Right who could stand up to what she called "miserable tyranny at the hands of a mad dictator" (referring to Barker). During nearly 10 years that her lawsuit was in the courts, she spent all of her resources and savings. At her lowest point during those years, she sold her house and ended up living out of her car. As she said in interviews regarding that period of her life, "I refused to give up and let that evil old bastard win." Hallstrom is now semi-retired and living in one of several houses she owns, all of which are in and around San Antonio. She does give occasional interviews for shows such as 'CNN', 'The Today Show' and 'The View'. Hallstrom also appeared several times as a guest panelist on 'Match Game'. In the early 1990s she also appeared on 'Family Feud' with her 'The Price Is Right' co-stars, the majority of which appearances were played against the cast of 'The Young and the Restless'.
The first was a woman named Susan Derbeck, whom after sheepishly finally getting up to make her way to Contestant's Row, explained she was getting so used to her soon-to-be married last name of DuPont she absent-mindedly forgot her maiden name.
The second was a contestant named Nicole, whom was named Thornborough, but was called as Thorenson by Rod, and Bob thought he heard Barrington. Another contestant was called in her place, and once the smoke was cleared, she was called down as the next contestant after the first pricing game. (Rod is heard during the opening laughingly telling another (assumingly male) audience member, "That's not you. Sit down.", then he say's "What?" as he was likely told by Roger to call another contestant.)
The third was a male contestant whom, due to the taping starting while the contestants were still filing in, wasn't yet in the studio when he was called (his friends were shown on camera yelling and pointing that he was still outside the studio), so Rod immediately called another contestant down in his place, then called him down as the next contestant after the first pricing game. He luckily won his way out of Contestants Row on that one-bid and played the next pricing game for a car.