Shane Stirling (born November 13, 1973 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American Model. She was previously a Barker's Beauty on The Price is Right from 2002-2008.
Early Life & CareerEdit
Shane worked as a successful cover model for nearly 15 years. She has modeled all over the United States plus abroad in such exotic places such as Greece, Japan, and the French Polynesian Islands. She has also appeared in a number of magazines which include Teen, Surfer, Surfing, Transworld Skate and many other magazine publications including catalogs for companies such as Macy's.
Shane previously hosted the DC sponsored show Project Detention on the Fox Sports Network. The show ran for 54 episodes and featured aspiring young athletes to showcase their sports videos. The show was mostly shot from professional sports events.
Price is Right Career & Maternity LeaveEdit
Stirling made her debut as one of Barker's Beauties on The Price is Right during it's 31st Season on October 15, 2002. Soon after her debut, she began appearing more frequently throughout and at the end of Season 31, Shane ranked as the 2nd rotating model to appeared in the most episodes with a total of 74 appearances (Lisa Gleave ranked 3rd with 40 appearances and Brandi Sherwood-Cochran ranked 1st with 95 appearances).
Shane continued to appear as a rotating Barker Beauty over the next six years. But on March 26, 2007, everything came to a screeching halt for Shane after she announced she was pregnant and was "forced into an early pregnancy leave, she wasn't allowed to return to work until almost a year and a half after her child's birth and was abruptly fired".
Return to "Price", Departure & LawsuitEdit
After nearly a year and a half after giving birth, Shane was finally allowed to return to the show in June 6, 2008, now with Drew Carey as the current host. But her stay would be short-lived come October when she was terminated for good.
In 2010, two years after she was fired from The Price is Right, Shane went to court as she filed a lawsuit against CBS and FremantleMedia. She also named former host Bob Barker in her court claim stating that he played a major role in her being dismissed from the show after announcing her pregnancy.
Shane seeked more than $25,000 in damages and emotional stress. She stated that Barker had told her that she should not work while pregnant because of liability issues and forced her into an "early pregnancy leave" and wasn't allowed to return until a year and a half later after Barker retired.
Shane argued because of her being forced into taking too much time off during her pregnancy, she wasn't given the opportunity to become acquainted with the new staff and that had she been allowed less time off, she argued that she would have had a better chance of retaining her job.
After finally being allowed to return to The Price is Right in June 2008 and only to be terminated that October, Shane also stated that she was let go because the show was "moving in another direction". The producers reported they used the occassion to make several creative changes to the show, including cutting down the modeling staff from ten to five, and in order to adapt to Drew Carey's improvisational comedic style, they wanted the remaining models to maintain a diversity of appearances, superior modeling talent, and personalities that could best interact with Carey. They went on the state that Shane was found wanting in those areas, so she was let go.
Stirling reportedly had trouble demonstrating sufficient evidence that her employment was terminated because of the effects of the pregnancy. She tried pointing to comments made by one of the show's producers, who testified during a deposition that Shane might've been "a few pounds overweight." But that wasn't enough to show why producers waited more than a year after she gave birth to fire her. The producers had an alternative explanation for why she was let go as the judge found it to be a "legitimate" one and ruled in their favor. He said that regardless of the merits of such an argument, all this happened between 2006-2007, a period where the statute of limitations had passed.
The judge previously dismissed CBS from the lawsuit because the network didn't have anything to do with staffing on the show. The latest decision, if left to stand, would also free Freemantle. The judge is primed not only to dismiss allegations of discrimination, but also Stirling's remaining charges that producers should be held responsible for negligent hiring and supervision as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Stirling is married to Larry LaLonde, the lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Primus and together they have four children.
Currently Shane owns a sewing business called The Sew Chateau in Pacific Palisades, CA.