Jerry Springer, who used to be a mayor and a news anchor, di*d on Thursday, 27 April 2023, at the age of 79. His namesake TV show was a three-ring circus of dysfunctional families willing to show everything on weekday afternoons, including fights, swearing, and blurry pictures of nakedness.
When it was at its most popular, “The Jerry Springer Show” was a ratings powerhouse and a cultural pariah in the United States. It was known for its outrageous drama.
During its 27-year run, the afternoon talk show was a guilty pleasure for many Americans. At one point, it was even more popular than Oprah Winfrey’s show.
Springer called it “escapist entertainment,” but some people thought it was making Americans lose their sense of morality.
“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he did, whether it was politics, broadcasting, or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word,” said Jene Galvin, a family spokesperson and friend of Springer’s since 1970. “He can’t be replaced, and his death hurts a lot, but people will always remember his intelligence, kindness, and sense of humor.”
On his Twitter page, Springer joked, “Talk show host, ringmaster of civilization’s end.” He also joked with people, saying, “May you never be on my show.”
After more than 4,000 episodes, the show stopped in 2018. It never changed what it was about: some of the last episodes had titles like “Stripper S*x Turned Me Straight,” “Stop Pimpin’ My Twin Sister,” and “Hooking Up With My Therapist.”
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In the late 1990s, when his daily show was getting close to 7 million viewers, Springer made a “Too Hot for TV” video in which he tried to explain why people should not be disgusted by him.
“Look, TV doesn’t and shouldn’t teach values; it just shows what’s out there, the good, the bad, and the ugly,” Springer said. “Believe this: the politicians and companies that want to control what each of us can watch are a much bigger threat to America and our precious freedom than any of our guests ever were or could be.”
He also said that the people on his show chose to be there and were ready for any ridicule or humiliation that might come their way.
On February 13, 1944, Gerald Norman Springer was born in a London subway stop used as a bomb shelter. Richard and Margot, his parents, were German Jews who moved to England during the Holocaust. Other family members had been killed in Nazi gas chambers.
When their son was 5, they moved to the United States. They settled in the Queens borough of New York City, where Springer got his first Yankees baseball gear and became a fan for life.
He went to Tulane University to study political science and Northwestern University to study law. He was involved in politics for most of his adult life. As recently as 2017, he considered running for governor of Ohio.
Jerry Springer Show pays tribute to him through a Twitter post, which is given below-
“Take care of yourself and each other.” – Jerry Springer
In loving memory, 1944 – 2023 pic.twitter.com/drqrIaeA0z
— Jerry Springer Show (@SpringerTV) April 27, 2023
He got into politics as a helper for Robert F. Kennedy’s failed presidential campaign in 1968. Springer worked at a law company in Cincinnati and ran for Congress in 1970 but lost. In 1971, he was elected to the city council.
In 1974, Springer quit, which The Cincinnati Enquirer called “a sudden move that shook the political community of Cincinnati.” He said he had “very personal family considerations,” but he didn’t say he was being investigated for prostitution as a vice. Later, Springer said that he had paid women with personal checks, which could have been the subject of one of his future shows.
He was 30 and had just married Micki Velton the year before. Katie was their only child, and they split up in 1994.
Springer quickly got back into politics. In 1975, he was elected to the city council, and in 1977, he was elected mayor. Later, he became a local TV reporter who wrote famous evening commentaries about politics. He and his co-anchor, Norma Rashid, helped make NBC station WLWT-TV’s news show the most watched in the Cincinnati market.
When Springer started his talk show in 1991, it was more traditional, but when he left WLWT in 1993, it became more sleazy.
It was No. 1 on TV Guide’s list of the “Worst Shows in the History of Television,” but it was a huge hit with viewers. It made Springer famous, and he went on to host a liberal radio talk show and “America’s Got Talent,” act in the movie “Ringmaster,” and compete on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Springer told Cincinnati Enquirer media writer John Kiesewetter in 2011: “Even though I joke around on the show, I’m fully aware and thank God every day that this silly show has changed my life in such an amazing way.”
Springer thought about running for the Senate in 2003, long before Donald Trump became a politician after becoming a reality TV star. He thought that “nontraditional voters” and people who think most politics are “bull” would vote for him.
Source- CNBC. Com