Ex 'Price is Right' model awarded millions in lawsuit against producers
November 22nd, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Ex 'Price is Right' model awarded millions in lawsuit against producers

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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  1. Chriz

    (Live on the Show): Okay, next question ladies and gentlemen: How much this lawsuit will cost our producers? 😛

    December 21, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hmmm

    Tranny models have come a long way.

    December 19, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. my cousins are career women....

    you can have babies and have a career...you have to want it....my girls are ambitious women.

    December 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Deidra Pental


    December 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. reldra

    First, she didn't ask for 7 mil in punitive damages, it is considered and then awarded by a court "Because they are usually paid in excess of the plaintiff's provable injuries, punitive damages are awarded only in special cases, usually under tort law, where the defendant's conduct was egregiously insidious." Producers dealing with female employees and probably have done so for years, are WELL AWARE to tread lightly in their comments regarding a woman's size and state of being pregnant or not and to follow any disability and labor laws pertaining to it to the letter. Models are often expected to maintain a certain weight and measurements as part of a contract, but that stops at pregnancy. The producers involved should not have been taken by surprise. They deserve to lose every penny of that due to absolute stupidity. They can afford it too.

    December 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pat Evans

    That's just great! She lost her job and was discriminated against and gets 7 Million....I lost my stomach to Cancer... got fired from my job & livelyhood for it... had my medical insurance cancelled...and after 4 years, I finally got awarded a measly 750 G's, that I'll probably never get!!! Just goes to show you , that it's not who you know................

    December 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darcy

      Pat, I'm so sorry. I hope you get what is due to you. I had similar reactions to this story. Was she discriminated against because she became pregnant? Yea, probably. But I also know that this sort of thing happens everyday to ordinary people who have no hope of getting anything from the employer. So sick of celebs getting the red carpet treatment.

      December 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |

      BE THERE...


      December 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • discriminating against people having babies. no way

      my father said the lawrence welk show is celebrating 70 years on pbs tonight..bring the popcorn...


      December 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wow

    she's perty!

    December 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. be quiet already


    December 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pathetic

    I just put my hands on my head in disbelief, that this gold digger was given 7 million dollars. Where's my money?

    December 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ca Ed

      How cute are you?????
      Have an established modeling (as in – in front of a camera, not building tiny things) career?
      Oh yea, got the number of a good entertainment/work place attorney.

      Get these things and we can talk Pathetic.. 🙂

      December 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Goal

    December 10, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. mark

    Either CNN has it wrong, or I'm going insane! Someone jokes about "wide load coming through, or puts their hands on their head in disbelief, and she's suing????? I can't believe that is true. I'm sure CNN must've left out some remarks other wise how could she get that kind of money for a couple of remarks which aren't that bad??????????

    December 10, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Someone can't read, obviously. Did you not see where they wrote she was fired for being pregnant?

      December 11, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |

    How much did the producers pay the models on the show now to get pregnant ? Given if there is no reason to belive wrongdoing is intentional,both women only a few days or months apart.

    December 9, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bestoink

    A producer jokingly says "wide load coming through" and another puts his hands on his head in mock disbelief and for this she's supposed to get over 7 million dollars??? What kind of idiocy is this? Only in America! Of course if there's any real justice this will be overturned,let us all sincerely hope so.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. erin andrews perky breasts

    $7.8 million for someone putting their hand on their head in disbelief?? $7.8 million for someone jokingly saying "wide load comin through" ??? dafuq is this BULLSHlT!!? this is simply unbelievable.

    December 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • reldra

      That's why you aren't a producer of a television show or probably not in any kind of management position at all. You would be a nightmare for any corporation or human resources department.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • you have to have a personality

      in human resources...

      December 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    OMG – a producer put his hands on his head? BOTH HANDS??? We can't stand for that type of abuse!

    December 7, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  16. Voice of Reason

    No one should be discriminated against unfairly. That's morally correct and also the law(s) in this country. What should have been done is to award her the amount of her remaining contract and perhaps an additional 25-45% of that amount for pain and suffering etc. 7 million dollars is simply outrageous for this type of incident. This is another good example of why so many people are against laws to protect peoples rights. The laws get abused over and over ad nauseum.......

    December 7, 2012 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • bwklein

      pain and suffering?? please! that didn't bother her one bit. she is like many other plastic women. they see the world through dolalr signs and take advantage of every opportunity to screw a company or persons over every little trivial thing that happens and cry vitcim. You come off as intelligent and then you say 45% for pain and suffering. you just lost uor credibility and you are also a feminist.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Andy

    Drew Carrey and Bob Barker tag teamed her...true fact

    December 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Gambling

    Bad risk..

    December 5, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  19. junejones

    She needs to abide by her contract....an overweight mother of twins..the game show did not sign for tis...she needs to stop whinning and find another job!!!!!

    December 5, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |

    beautiful girl.

    December 4, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  21. Meh

    She got pregnant and couldnt comply with the terms of her contract. What's the issue? Women cant have it both ways, sorry to say.
    Now the only wide load coming thru is her frivolous lawsuit winnings grab bag

    December 4, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • reldra

      There are no contracts that state you cannot get pregnant. If any were written that way, they would not stand up in court, a contract like that is deemed null and void...it's sort of like making a contract with someone where you borrow money and the penalty for not paying it back is he gets to cut off your hand. You both sign it, but the contract has no legal standing.

      December 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  22. cleareye1

    Must have had a good lawyer. There is nothing in the story that would warrant a $100 award. The woman is apparently humor challenged. This won't withstand an appeal.

    December 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  23. palintwit

    trigtwit palin is a friend of mine. I don't mind at all that he drools.

    November 29, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  24. infonomics

    Lawsuit awards is one of America's fastest growing industries.

    November 27, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  25. JWoody907

    Want to know how I know CNN employs English and not Math majors?
    "By Wednesday, that amount increased by more than $7 million – to the tune of $7,763,440 in punitive damages" up from $776,000

    7,763,440 – $776000 = 6,987,440. otherwise known as LESS than $7.
    Just looking at the amounts you know it's not 7 million. Come on people.

    November 27, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      wow! really glad you pointed this out, not sure how I could've gone on with the rest of my day. Keep it up vigilanty

      November 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jc

      Actually compensatory damages of 776k were awarded and punitive damages of 7 mill. So the model received awards for two types of damages. So the CNN article is correct.

      November 30, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Miss Ann Thorpe

      776000+7,003400(over 7mil) =7763440

      December 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |

      price is right always had weird rules and reguloations

      December 4, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  26. clam238

    They treated her wrong, period. They should have compensated for being a holes

    November 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Sagebrush Shorty

    Another lottery winner in the game of political correctness.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      political correctness = safe, non threatening work environment? Seriously?

      Glad you are not my boss. She deserved respect and accommodation. Being pregnant should not result in the loss of a job.

      November 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      I understand they treated her badly and no one should have to go through that .but being compensated over 7 million for it is absolutely outrageous!

      November 27, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris B

      Political correctness can never be determined by a brain-dead person such as yourself.

      December 2, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  28. gay women want her...i guess...

    i know a bunch of guys who'd take right now...they love barbie beauties....lolol

    November 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  29. This women is stunning and georgous....

    there are so many women who want this woman ...and why not she's a price is right girl!

    November 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  30. hi honey...(s)

    here's a movie call me when your ready i was just hacking into systems and watching tv

    November 25, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  31. print my comment fatso...or it heads into legal

    November 25, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  32. He should be around bambi's once in awhile

    not these boring women he hangs with....that do nothing all day long but are on line

    November 25, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  33. guess she was there...

    rolling with the punches

    November 25, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. when he wid nickie

    we gonna try non of dat...se wa he duz.

    November 25, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  35. In the middle of x

    she's on line - bit of a turn off for the man wouldn't you say.

    November 25, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  36. Susan is not really what we call

    a turn on like before? if you know what i'm saying folks.

    November 25, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  37. it was the gay porn...

    i can assure you it was not susan, it could be anything else..but it ain't susan...i can assure you of that .

    November 25, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  38. it was they gay porn...

    i can assure it was not susan...

    November 25, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  39. SciGuy73

    If you take $776,000 and increase it by "more than $7 million" you don't get $7,763,440. Words and details are important.

    November 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichardC

      They were two different amounts awarded. "$776,000 in compensatory damages" and "$7,763,440 in punitive damages" for a total of $8,539,440.

      November 25, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • movie was included also and

      a partridge in a pear tree

      November 25, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |


    November 24, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  41. This is another way it can stay tapped in.

    through blogging because ain't nothing going on--

    November 24, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  42. This is all garbage blogging

    no creativity, nothing funny just fat ass looking for her husband to make sure he's there.

    November 24, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  43. Don

    Refireball, get a job or a life. We are moving forward, with or without you. What a lonely guy or kid. LOL. Regarding her winning some cash, good for her.

    November 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Hey redfireball

    Did they let you out of the looney bin a little too early? Time to get back on your meds!

    November 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  45. ronjayaz

    Good, screw 'em! 7 million isnt enuf though!

    November 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  46. Chucker

    Hee, hee, hee! Thinking gives you wrinkles.

    November 23, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  47. get rid of her shut down...

    we have enough for today

    November 23, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  48. She is not a pale face pig....

    she's a smart woman and you have to be careful of bambi's–

    November 23, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  49. all my comments you hold back...

    zoom right into legal....the power of technology...(wink)

    November 23, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  50. all of my comments your control...

    are automatically sent into legal...squeezey

    November 23, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  51. all comments pertaing to redfireball and redfirestorm

    have been reported in. now go watch cartoons

    November 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  52. JayJ7

    Apparently scientists have cloned Sofia Vergara.

    November 23, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  53. I've met many models where i work

    and in paris...they are most gracious then a dowdy woman would be

    November 23, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  54. I find that models and these beautiful woman

    are much more friendly then frumps....a woman like the picture above must be a wonderful...its always the
    boring frump heads that people have a problem with because as soon as your looking at the frump even
    though she has a big mouth there is nothing there....just sayin.

    November 23, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • I find that models and these beautiful woman

      adding word: wonderful person

      November 23, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  55. work on your self esteem gaga

    its just not there...

    November 23, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  56. Lets see if its hacked in


    November 23, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  57. cauuuuuuuuse

    thats the way uh huh uh huh i like it uh huh...

    November 23, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  58. can you update us on the soaps...

    while we are waiting for our eggs. thanks.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  59. nobrickwall

    might be laying on a brickwall someday but would never run into one.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  60. stilltight

    smart girl (picture above)-does she have a man? probably she's to die for georgous.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Crow

      Beauty? This poor excuse for a model has a mouth that wraps around her face and an eyebrow that is almost arched into a triangle on one side.I think that she proceeded with this law suit because she couldn't find work. The comments and gestures by her co-workers were not in the least offensive. And they were meant to cheer her up. What a loony tune this has been is.

      November 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cleareye1

      A Botox queen.

      December 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  61. the woman in the picture above

    is striking....men love her.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  62. never talk politics that's an order.


    November 23, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  63. PoorThing

    She is the same as the rest....she is not rich. rich people keep their mouths shut.

    your "friend" should be a with a beautiful woman like the picture or someone older for awhile

    November 23, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  64. way too political on line

    most of this is wrong....i'll stick with the beautiful girl in the picture above...

    do not speak any poltics to her at all.

    November 23, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  65. us

    she's jealous of this woman because she is beautiful.

    November 23, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |

    Maybe all that "Chicago Machine Business Money" used to buy W.H. influence can be used to save the sinking economy after X-mas? Kick it all back Obambi-poo poo - let's "KICK IT" boy, before "More-Powerful Muslim Brothers" pull on their purse strings

    November 23, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |

    Obamise chanting: "We don't need no education - teacher leave us kids alone - we don't need no thought control - we can't see the writing on the wall" - Obambi-poo shouts: "No worry, just another Repub brick in the wall" - Black Friday wants to help the blind obamice see - Repubs letting Obambi-poo "take the lead" - teacher better teach soon - better keep piling it up on the "Cutting Board" before X-mas -2013 here soon 🙂

    November 23, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |

    Deval Patrick declined Attorney Gen post, and Susan Rice declines SOS post, after hearing "Larry Flynt Press" start to hum those "Strange Hawaiian Noises." Sharp economic decline after X-mas NOT due to "Fiscal Staircase" - all about "hiiden" Obama policies during past four years - House GOP always stated since post-election that it was "happy to see POTUS take the lead" - Obama knows the "mandate" to balance the 2013 Budget - keep on cutting boy - no more "Santa Claus" afterwards –"Free stuff" go bye -bye - Richman watch "Blind Blue Obamice" run into "Just Another Brick On The Wall" LMFAO

    November 23, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  69. DUD S

    great figure, great beauty, perfect personality...men need to go to these types...not duds.

    November 23, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |

    alot of men want this woman in bed...good for her and him!!!

    November 23, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |


    November 23, 2012 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  72. beautiful woman (pic above)

    she's has brains and beauty good for her

    November 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  73. us

    knock knock
    who's there

    November 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Canadian Observer

    Now she is both pretty and rich. No fair. : )

    November 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |

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