November 22nd, 2012
12:45 PM ET
Former "Price is Right" model Brandi Cochran has been awarded more than $7 million in punitive damages in a discrimination suit she brought against the CBS game show, TMZ reports.
Cochran, who was a model on the show from 2003 to 2008, alleged in a complaint filed in 2010 that producers on "The Price Is Right" taunted and eventually fired her after she became pregnant.
According to TMZ, Cochran said that a producer remarked "wide load coming through" when she was expecting in 2008, and that when she shared the news that she was pregnant with twins a producer put his hands on his head.
The model/actress also said in her suit that she had complications from her pregnancy and went on disability, and was then removed from her modeling job on the show.
On Tuesday, a jury decided in Cochran's favor, reportedly awarding her $776,000 in compensatory damages.
By Wednesday, that amount increased by more than $7 million - to the tune of $7,763,440 in punitive damages, given if there's a reason to believe wrongdoing was intentional.
In a blog post on "The Price is Right" website, executive producer Mike Richards called Wednesday a "tough day for 'The Price is Right' and its staff," and recounts two models who've stayed with the show through their respective pregnancies.
"I'm sure that the 'Price' audience has enjoyed watching both of these women grow their families as much as we all have," Richards wrote. "My commitment to the fans of the show is this: Great performers, with sparkling personalities and charisma will always be welcome on 'The Price Is Right.'"
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