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Priceline Kills Off ‘The Negotiator’: William Shatner in “Grief Mode” But $600M Richer
Yahoo Finance ^ | January 30,2012 | Morgan Korn |

Posted on 01/30/2012 10:47:11 AM PST by Hojczyk

"Save yourself - some money."

Those were William Shatner's last words as Priceline's "Negotiator." The discount-price travel booking site apparently killed off the television and movie legend last week in a TV advertisement.

In the commercial, which has been airing nationally and will also be shown during the Super Bowl pre-game show, Shatner's character saves the lives of fellow travelers as their bus teeters on the edge of a bridge. As the last passenger steps off, Shatner says "Save yourself - some money," handing his cellphone to a woman just before the bus falls off the bridge, bursting into flames as it crashes to the ground.

According to the company, Priceline is moving in a new direction - from negotiating to a fixed-price business model. In an official press release, Priceline's Chief Marketing Official Brett Keller said: "We felt it was necessary to go to extremes to grab the attention of every consumer in America and drive home the message that you don't have to negotiate to save money on a hotel at priceline.com. We know that The Negotiator has a lot of fans, and we hope that everyone understands this was something that just had to be done."

Because he accepted Priceline shares as part of compensation when the contract was signed in 1997, Shatner has reportedly earned $600 million as Pricline's pitchman. (Talk about smart negotiating!)

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1 posted on 01/30/2012 10:47:18 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
As the last passenger steps off, Shatner says "Save yourself - some money," handing his cellphone to a woman just before the bus falls off the bridge, bursting into flames as it crashes to the ground.

Still better than the way Kirk died.

2 posted on 01/30/2012 10:50:48 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Hojczyk
I've heard of killing off TV characters but killing off a guy in a commercial must be a first.

Will Flo be next?

3 posted on 01/30/2012 10:51:20 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA/PIPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: ari-freedom

I hope so.


4 posted on 01/30/2012 10:52:53 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: ari-freedom

One can only hope.


5 posted on 01/30/2012 10:53:10 AM PST by Obadiah (If U don't believe you can win, then there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.)
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To: ari-freedom
Will Flo be next?

Please... please... and take out the Gecko too.

6 posted on 01/30/2012 10:54:13 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: agere_contra

> Still better than the way Kirk died.

How DID Kirk die?

What ST episode was that?


7 posted on 01/30/2012 10:54:18 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Please... please... and take out the Gecko too.

And his co-workers, the cavemen and the piglet.

8 posted on 01/30/2012 10:57:01 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: ari-freedom

One can only hope.


9 posted on 01/30/2012 10:57:02 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: ari-freedom

-—Will Flo be next?-—

From your lips to God’s ear.


10 posted on 01/30/2012 10:57:15 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: ari-freedom

I cannot wait for the Grimreaper of Advertising to come for Flo.


11 posted on 01/30/2012 10:58:23 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Westbrook

If it didn’t happen in ST:TOS, it didn’t happen, right?
“In my star-trek universe, klingons are still our enemy, there are no therapists at the Captain’s right hand, and the only Kardashians anyone ever heard of were a tribe of 21st-century skanks.”


12 posted on 01/30/2012 10:58:29 AM PST by dangus
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To: Westbrook

In Star Trek the Next Generation movie “Generations”


13 posted on 01/30/2012 10:59:13 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: Westbrook

It was in “Generations” (a film, and eminently missable).

Kirk fell off a cliff and his last words were “It was fun” (or something like that).

The guy saved the Federation more times than I can count: at least give him a suitably epic death!


14 posted on 01/30/2012 10:59:40 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Hojczyk

I saw it a few days ago. I thought it was odd.


15 posted on 01/30/2012 10:59:40 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: ari-freedom

Jack In The Box not only killed off their titular character, they later brought him back.


16 posted on 01/30/2012 11:01:42 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: ari-freedom

Those regressive “Progressives” at Progressive irritate me. Flo is the recipient of my angst. Hopefully, she broke Shatner’s fall.


17 posted on 01/30/2012 11:01:44 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Hojczyk
Its amazing how frequently Wm Shatner has gotten his face on the tube over the past 50 years.

At any given time he's been there, almost every day on some channel or other. Its hard to believe.

18 posted on 01/30/2012 11:01:52 AM PST by skeeter
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To: agere_contra

There are no suitable epic deaths that can match the ego of William Shatner.


19 posted on 01/30/2012 11:02:01 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: ari-freedom

Jeez I hope so. That bimbo drives me nuts. I’d not shop at Progressive just because their commercials irritate me.


20 posted on 01/30/2012 11:02:21 AM PST by wbill
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To: Hojczyk

Shatner is an amazing business man.

He’s easily a billionaire, all off of bad acting and worse singing.


21 posted on 01/30/2012 11:03:27 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Hojczyk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O92ZbSAftuI


22 posted on 01/30/2012 11:04:23 AM PST by Rio (DNRC)
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To: skeeter

He’s effective on commercials.

I’ll bet he shows up for somebody else within 3 months.

As for Flo, as annoying as she is to most of us, it must work or they would have dumped her long ago.


23 posted on 01/30/2012 11:06:03 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Please... please... and take out the Gecko too.

Maybe Flo will choke to death on the gecko in an unfortunate accident at a local sushi bar...win/win!

24 posted on 01/30/2012 11:06:27 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Jewbacca

He.......... is not........... a bad..........................................actor...


25 posted on 01/30/2012 11:07:56 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Hojczyk
Shatner Killed by Action Essentials 2!
26 posted on 01/30/2012 11:08:53 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: joe fonebone

LOL, nice.


27 posted on 01/30/2012 11:09:38 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

If I see that damn pig slide down the zipline one more time I’m going to track him down and turn him into bacon myself. And I guarantee you his voice won’t be that low when I finish.


28 posted on 01/30/2012 11:10:05 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: agere_contra

Kirk is dead?


29 posted on 01/30/2012 11:10:38 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Hojczyk
I travel often and have been using Priceline exclusively for the past few years. If they abandon the bid and go the way of every other travel site out there, I'll probably move along.

When I travel to downtown Chicago, I usually end up paying $75 for a 3-4 start hotel. looking at Orbitz and the non-bid portion of Priceline, The same hotel would be $99. A hotel I booked last week for $100 is $125 on both Priceline no-bid and Orbitz.

C'mon man

30 posted on 01/30/2012 11:12:00 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: Hojczyk; All
"Priceline Kills Off ‘The Negotiator’: William Shatner in “Grief Mode” But $600M Richer"


31 posted on 01/30/2012 11:12:36 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Jewbacca

According to Google, he’s worth 200 million.

He was one of the first actors to get residuals, which he got from Star Trek (TOS)

That’s where most of his wealth comes from.


32 posted on 01/30/2012 11:12:47 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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33 posted on 01/30/2012 11:14:28 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ari-freedom

Sorry to inform you that as a member of the Zombie undead, Flo is indestructible.


34 posted on 01/30/2012 11:15:06 AM PST by JPG (Matters at which the foolish laugh and at whose consequences the prudent weep.)
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To: ari-freedom

No way! Flo’s Not Guilty in my book....LOL If they want to get rid of a Huckster Ad man how about that one in the White House that keeps trying to raise taxes!!


35 posted on 01/30/2012 11:15:16 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: nascarnation
I’ll bet he shows up for somebody else within 3 months.

He has picked up a recurring role on the USA comedy Pshch. He plays a con man and father of one of the main characters.
36 posted on 01/30/2012 11:16:54 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: ari-freedom

Based on where she works, I hope she gets “killed off” too....Progressive sucks, it’s owner/CEO-whatever is a flaming liberal....if anybody who owns a Progressive policy ever hits me, I’m gonna develop a whiplash case and sue.


37 posted on 01/30/2012 11:18:00 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I betcha lots were hoping the gecko would step off the curb.


38 posted on 01/30/2012 11:18:29 AM PST by meatloaf
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To: agere_contra
His "first" death, when he died saving the Enterprise B was far better, IMHO.

Kind of like Chewie's death in the Star Wars novels. He died saving the life of Anakin Solo, Han and Leia's youngest son, thus fulfilling the life debt he had to Han and his family.

39 posted on 01/30/2012 11:18:33 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: Westbrook

Kirk death scene in ST:Generations.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TtMEcZk3AE


40 posted on 01/30/2012 11:22:21 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: agere_contra

I always thought his “death” at the BEGINNING of Generations was more Kirk-like — doing something he shouldn’t be doing to save the Enterprise one last time.


41 posted on 01/30/2012 11:22:39 AM PST by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: wbill

I liked the one with the woman sticking pins in a doll that looked like her ex-boy friend.

The one who’s getting on my nerve is the woman who does the Hughesnet commercial. Lady, I haven’t been in grade school a long, long time. Talk like an adult instead of a grade school teacher talking happy, happy, joy, joy to her class.


42 posted on 01/30/2012 11:22:44 AM PST by meatloaf
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43 posted on 01/30/2012 11:23:42 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: GonzoGOP

Do you mean “Psych”?


44 posted on 01/30/2012 11:26:14 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Still searching for the new tagline!)
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To: GonzoGOP
He has picked up a recurring role on the USA comedy Pshch. He plays a con man and father of one of the main characters.

The con man "dad" on Psych is played by Henry Winkler.

45 posted on 01/30/2012 11:26:47 AM PST by onehipdad (Who is John Galt?)
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To: cincinnati65

You mean when Cameron killed Kirk?


46 posted on 01/30/2012 11:30:26 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: agere_contra

“Still better than the way Kirk died.”

Which time?


47 posted on 01/30/2012 11:34:00 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: Hojczyk

He may die in character, but Shatner is the ULTIMATE survivor. I don’t know how many times I have read that his career was over because he was too identified with this or that character. The only thing that I know for sure died was his singing career - thank goodness!


48 posted on 01/30/2012 11:37:06 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: skeeter

William Shatner On Broadway In SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT Music Box Theatre February 14 - March 4 Opening Night February 16

Television And Movie Superstar William Shatner Will Bring SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT To Broadway’s Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) For A Limited Engagement From February 14 - March 4. Opening Night Is February 16.

The Two-Hour Show Will Take Audiences On A Voyage Through Shatner’s Life And Career, From Shakespearean Stage Actor To Internationally Known Icon And Raconteur, Known As Much For His Unique Persona As For His Expansive Body Of Work On Television And Film.


49 posted on 01/30/2012 11:37:54 AM PST by xp38
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To: skeeter

William Shatner On Broadway In SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT Music Box Theatre February 14 - March 4 Opening Night February 16

Television And Movie Superstar William Shatner Will Bring SHATNER’S WORLD: WE JUST LIVE IN IT To Broadway’s Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) For A Limited Engagement From February 14 - March 4. Opening Night Is February 16.

The Two-Hour Show Will Take Audiences On A Voyage Through Shatner’s Life And Career, From Shakespearean Stage Actor To Internationally Known Icon And Raconteur, Known As Much For His Unique Persona As For His Expansive Body Of Work On Television And Film.


50 posted on 01/30/2012 11:38:04 AM PST by xp38
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