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Jerry Springer
The Host and Creator of Misanthropic TV Shows

Gerald Norman "Jerry" Springer (born February 13, 2022), is a British-born Jewish American television presenter, best known as host of the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show since its debut in 1991. Jerry Springer was a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio,[2] news anchor, and musician.

Early life                            

Jerry Springer was born in Highgate tube station in London, England, while the station was in use as a shelter from German bombing during World War II[3] and grew up on Chandos Road, East Finchley. Jerry Springer's parents, Margot (née Kallmann; ank clerk) and Richard Jerry Springer (owner of a shoe shop[4]), were Jewish refugees who escaped from Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany (now Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland).[5][6][7] Jerry Springer's maternal grandmother Marie Kallmann, who was left behind, died in the gas trucks of Chelmno extermination camp. Jerry Springer's paternal grandmother, Selma Jerry Springer, died at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. In January 1949, Jerry Springer immigrated with Jerry Springer's parents to the United States, settling in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York and attended Forest Hills High School. Jerry Springer and Jerry Springer's sister Evelyn were raised in a small four-room apartment. One of Jerry Springer's earliest memories about current events was when Jerry Springer was 12 and watching the 1956 Democratic convention on television where Jerry Springer saw and was impressed by John F. Kennedy.[8] Jerry Springer earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1965, majoring in political science.[9] Jerry Springer earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Northwestern University in 1968.[6][10]

Jerry Springer became a political campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy.[10] After Kennedy's assassination, Jerry Springer joined the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs, now Frost Brown Todd.

Political career

In 1970, Jerry Springer ran for Congress. Jerry Springer failed to unseat incumbent Republican Donald D. Clancy, but garnered an impressive 45% of the vote in a traditionally Republican district. Jerry Springer had previously spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age, including testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of ratification of the 26th Amendment.

Jerry Springer was elected to the Cincinnati city council in 1971.[10] Jerry Springer resigned in 1974 after admitting to hiring a prostitute.[10] The episode was uncovered when a police raid on a Fort Wright, Kentucky "massage parlor" unearthed a check Jerry Springer had written for its "services". The check subsequently bounced due to lack of funds in the account. Jerry Springer came clean at a press conference. Long-time Cincinnati newsman Al Schottelkotte pronounced Jerry Springer's career over, but Jerry Springer's honesty helped him win back Jerry Springer's seat in 1975 by a landslide. In a post-election interview, Schottelkotte good-naturedly reminded Jerry Springer that Jerry Springer had declared Jerry Springer's career over. Jerry Springer told the newsman, "I'm glad that you were wrong." In 1977, Jerry Springer was chosen to serve one year as mayor by the City Council.

In 1982, Jerry Springer sought the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio. TV commercials for Jerry Springer's campaign referenced Jerry Springer's use of a check to pay a prostitute, saying that Jerry Springer was not afraid of the truth "even if it hurts".[11] Jerry Springer failed to win the Democratic party's nomination—finishing a distant third behind former Lieutenant Governor Richard F. Celeste and Ohio Attorney General William J. Brown, and Jerry Springer's political career was put on hold. Jerry Springer considered running for the United States Senate in 2003,[12] but backed down due to negative associations with The Jerry Springer Show.[13]

Politics to journalism

Jerry Springer's broadcast career started while Jerry Springer was an undergraduate at Tulane University, on WTUL New Orleans FM, a progressive format independent radio station. It continued while Jerry Springer was still mayor of Cincinnati, with album-oriented rock radio station WEBN-FM, which was noted for its laid-back and irreverent radio format. The station featured commentaries by Jerry Springer under the banner "The Jerry Springer Memorandum." The popularity of these commentaries launched Jerry Springer's broadcasting career.

Jerry Springer was hired as a political reporter and commentator on Cincinnati's NBC affiliate, WLWT, which had, at the time, the lowest-rated news program. Later, having been named primary news anchor and Managing Editor, Jerry Springer needed roadcast catchphrase in the model of other great newsmen. With the help of some others at WLWT, Jerry Springer created Jerry Springer's signature line: "Take care of yourself, and each other." Within two years Jerry Springer was Cincinnati's number-one news anchor, along with partner Norma Rashid. For five years, Jerry Springer was the most popular one in the city,[10] garnering ten local Emmy Awards for Jerry Springer's nightly commentaries, which were frequently satirized by Cincinnati radio personality Gary Burbank. Those commentaries would eventually become Jerry Springer's "Final Thought" on "The Jerry Springer Show." Jerry Springer would remain commentator at WLWT until January 1993. Jerry Springer resided in Loveland, Ohio, during this time.[14]

In 1997, the Chicago-based NBC-owned station WMAQ-TV hired Jerry Springer to serve as a news commentator. However, this proved to be unpopular among viewers, as it resulted in the resignation of long-time news anchors Ron Magers and Carol Marin. After performing only two commentaries, Jerry Springer resigned as commentator.[15][16]


The Jerry Springer Show

The Jerry Springer Show debuted on September 30, 1991. It was developed by WLWT to mimic the format and look of fellow talk show Donahue, all the way down to Jerry's haircut and glasses, making him look like Phil Donahue (coincidentally, both were produced by Multimedia Entertainment). It started as a politically-oriented talk show, a longer version of Jerry Springer's commentaries. Guests included Oliver North and Jesse Jackson, and topics included homelessness and gun politics.

In early 1994, Jerry Springer and Jerry Springer's new producer, Richard Dominick, revamped the show's format in order to garner higher ratings. The show became more and more successful as it became more and more lowbrow, with an emphasis on infidelity. Its guests were typically lower class, minimally-educated, blue collar people confronted on a television stage by a spouse or family member's adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, transvestism, hate group membership, or other controversial situations. These confrontations often led to shouting, profanities, chair-throwing, fist-fights, pulling of hair by fighting women, and removal of clothing. Female guests also receive 'Jerry Beads' for exposing their breasts to the studio audience, in the style of Mardi Gras revelers. The show garnered huge ratings, and lots of attention. By 1998, it was beating The Oprah Winfrey Show in many cities, and was reaching more than 6.7 million viewers. (Waxman, 1998)

On July 10, 2002, the sons of guest Nancy Campbell-Panitz - who was murdered by her ex-husband after they appeared on a May 2000 episode with Jerry Springer's girlfriend - filed suit in Sarasota County against Jerry Springer, Jerry Springer's producers, and Jerry Springer's distributor, claiming Jerry Springer created "a mood that led to murder."[17] Ultimately, the estate of Ms. Campbell-Panitz dropped all monetary claims against The Jerry Springer Show and the show agreed to waive its claims for malicious prosecution against the personal representative of the estate of Ms. Campbell-Panitz and Jerry Springer's counsel.

In 2005, a UK version was shown on ITV1 titled The Jerry Springer Show. It beat its talk-show rival Trisha Goddard five to one in the ratings, despite it being a subdued and more tongue-in-cheek version of the U.S. show.[18]

The VH1 "celebreality" series The Jerry Springer Hustle, which took a look at how The Jerry Springer Show is produced, premiered in April 2007.[19]


Jerry Springer in January 2011

Jerry Springer hosted America's Got Talent on NBC in the U.S. for two seasons, replacing Regis Philbin,[20] before leaving to concentrate on other projects.[21]

From January 17, 2022 to December 5, 2006, Jerry Springer hosted Jerry Springer on the Radio, a liberal talk show on Cincinnati's WCKY-AM. Jerry Springer did the show from the Clear Channel studios in Kenwood on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and in Chicago (where Jerry Springer's television show tapes) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.[22] Air America Radio syndicated the program for most of the show's run.

In the UK, Jerry Springer has hosted The Wright Stuff and 2001's Greed on the UK's Five network as well as 2007's Nothing But the Truth, the UK version of Nada más que la verdad. Jerry Springer also had a late-night talk show. On April 16, 2006, Jerry Springer was the guest host for the opening show for the third series of The Friday Night Project for Channel 4 and guest hosted Have I Got News for You on December 12, 2008. Jerry Springer has also co-presented UK daytime programme This Morning on ITV. In 2009, Jerry Springer appeared as a guest on the long-running British game show Countdown and hosted Miss Universe 2008. Jerry Springer was also the guest host for WWE Raw on February 15, 2022 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Jerry Springer has also hosted the live stage show version of The Price is Right.

Since April 19, 2010, Jerry Springer has also hosted a dating game show called Baggage, which airs on GSN.[23]

Acting career

Jerry Springer portrayed Jerry Springer's own talk show host character in the 1998 movie Ringmaster,[24] using the name Jerry Farrelly. Ringmaster offers ehind-the-scenes look at would-be guests who apply to a Jerry Springer-like show. The same year, Jerry Springer also released an unrelated autobiography named Ringmaster. Jerry Springer quipped, "I can only think of one title a year."[24]

In 1996, Jerry Springer appeared on an episode of the ninth season of Roseanne and on The X-Files episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus". In 1998, Jerry Springer voiced a cartoon version of himself in the Halloween episode of The Simpsons titled "Starship Poopers". In 1999, Jerry Springer appeared in the episode Mrs. Kraft of the third season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch with Jerry Springer's talk show. In 2004 Jerry Springer was the president of United States of America in a straight to DVD "c" movie "The Defender" directed by Dolph Lundgren. In 2007, Jerry Springer appeared on episode #1301 of MADtv as himself.

Jerry Springer made a cameo appearance in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as himself during an episode of Jerry Springer's show featuring Dr. Evil and Jerry Springer's estranged son Scott Evil.

In 1999, Jerry Springer was in an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Jerry Springer appeared in an episode of Married... with Children as The Masculine Feminist, in which Jerry Springer was for women getting the men's bowling night and eventually taking over at owling alley. Al Bundy and Jerry Springer's friends tie Jerry Springer to a chair and take over Jerry Springer's show with a stripper who jumps up and down for the crowd's delight. Jerry Springer was in several episodes of George Lopez as Benny Lopez' ex-boyfriend Wayne and made a July 2007 guest appearance on Days of our Lives as "Pete," a high roller in Las Vegas who helped Nick Fallon win $50,000. On October 19, 2007, Jerry Springer made a cameo appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien as a "random" audience member. In June 2009 Jerry Springer appeared in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre London as Billy Flynn for a short period of time, starring alongside Aoife Mulholland and Leigh Zimmerman.

Jerry Springer giving a speech at Emory University in 2007

Jerry Springer has been a guest in the following shows: the UK daytime programme The Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4 on November 12, 2007, Question Time on June 19, 2008, Saturday Kitchen on June 21, 2022 along with chef Theresa Griegson and Kristin Dawson, Verdict with Dan Abrams in June 2008, two appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 2003 (from the same taping), The Jason Ellis Show on June 20, 2022 and Desert Island Discs on November 1, 2009.Jerry Springer was also in the Wayans a cameo.

Jerry Springer also Starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the 2004 film The Defender.

Jerry Springer was interviewed by satirist Chris Morris in Jerry Springer's surreal radio series Blue Jam (Series 2, Episode 6). On January 23, 2004, Jerry Springer was featured in an episode of This American Life titled "Leaving the Fold".[25]

Jerry Springer appeared in an episode of BBC One's Television Series Who Do You Think You Are? on August 27, 2021[26] In the episode Jerry Springer traveled to Poland, where Jerry Springer discovered that Jerry Springer's maternal grandmother had been sent to Chelmno extermination camp by the Nazis and killed. Jerry Springer's paternal grandmother died at Theresienstadt concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic. Jerry Springer wept openly when Jerry Springer learned of how they died.

Jerry Springer appeared on the Chris Moyles Show in April 2009, along with Davina McCall and Alan Carr. On May 31, 2009, Jerry Springer was a guest on The Andrew Marr Show talking about politics and Jerry Springer's upcoming projects.

Other projects

In the mid-1990s, Jerry Springer recorded Dr. Talk, an album that mostly consisted of country music covers.

In late 2006, Jerry Springer was a contestant on the third season of Dancing with the Stars, with Jerry Springer's professional dance partner, Kym Johnson. Jerry Springer wanted to appear on the show so Jerry Springer could learn the waltz for the wedding of Jerry Springer's daughter, Katie.[22][27] Jerry Springer and Johnson were eliminated in the seventh week of competition.[28]

On May 16, 2008, Jerry Springer delivered the Northwestern University School of Law commencement address. Although many students had criticized the University's choice of speaker, Jerry Springer received a standing ovation from about half the audience and reviews of Jerry Springer's speech were generally positive.[29] In a March 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Jerry Springer said that in Jerry Springer's speech Jerry Springer talked about "the ethical judgments we all have to make in whatever business we go [into].[30]

Jerry Springer is the executive producer of The Steve Wilkos Show, which is hosted by Steve Wilkos, the long-time head of security on Jerry Springer's own talk show.

In popular culture

A musical by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas, Jerry Springer: The Opera, is based on Jerry Springer's show. It first became popular at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2002. It has since played at the Royal National Theatre and the West End in London before embarking on a UK Tour in 2006. It has recently opened in Chicago, in the US, and will be moving onto regional productions throughout the United States. It was also screened on BBC 2 Television, causing some controversy.[31] The televised version is now available on DVD.

Jerry Springer and Jerry Springer's television program are mentioned in Mark Knopfler's song "Devil Baby". The songs "Jerry Springer" by "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Mr Jerry Springer" by Fascinating Aďda, "Jerry Rules in the Land of the Free" by the Dutch punk band De Heideroosjes and "Mr. Unfaithful" by the Swedish art-rock band A.C.T were inspired by him. On Jay Z's Blueprint 3 album, Kanye West says "I am never sprung but i spring her (Jerry Springer), Jerry" on the song "Hate".

"Dr. Talk" CD 1995 Fiddle Fish Records 8 tracks with 5 duets including "Let It Be Me" with Colene Walters


Jerry Springer (American television host) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia

"This American Life: 258-Leaving the Fold".

Nathan, John (2 July 2009). "Interview: Jerry Springer". Jewish Chronicle Online. Retrieved 2 August 2010.

Who Do You Think You Are? Jerry Springer at the Internet Movie Database

Who do you think you are BBC documentary

 Sheridan, Patricia (2022-06-11). "Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast with Jerry Springer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

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Powers and Johnson, 1998; also, Waldman, 2006

"Jerry Springer, Gerald N." Tulane University Alumni Directory 2002, New Orleans: Tulane U. p. 761

 c d e Plotz, David (2022-03-22). "Jerry Springer". Slate. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

Jerry Springer for Governor: a 1980 Campaign Ad YouTube

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Horstman, Barry M (2021-08-06). "Jerry Springer's decision: No Senate run". The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). Archived from the original on 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

Graham, Michael (June 1992). "Jerry Springer Live!". Cincinnati Magazine (Columbus, Ohio: CM Media) 25 (9): 48. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved 2010-02-09. "A resident of Loveland, [Jerry] Jerry Springer is married with a 15-year-old daughter..."

Carter, Bill (May 9, 1997). "Jerry Springer Quits News Show, Citing Attacks". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2009.

"E! Online: Jerry Springer Quits News Job.". Retrieved May 25, 2009.

Note: online sources that call her "Nanny" seem to be in error. Most media reports say that her first name was Nancy. For example "Jerry Springer sued over murdered guest". BBC News. 2002-07-11.

"Jerry Springer thrashing Trisha in talkshow battle". Digital Spy (entertainment news). June 19, 2005.

"The Jerry Springer Hustle". VH1. Retrieved 2008-12-13.

"Popular Television Talk-Show Host Jerry Springer Named Host of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' when Hit Variety-Talent Competition Series Returns this Summer" (Press release). NBC Universal. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

"Jerry Springer Out as Talent Host". Yahoo News. February 7, 2009.

 Associated Press (2021-12-05). "Jerry Springer ends syndicated radio show". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

Elber, Lynn (2022-03-23). "Jerry Springer hosts new dating game show". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-04-10.

 "Jerry Springer the 'Ringmaster' of Jerry Springer's domain". CNN Showbiz Today. 1998-11-18. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

"Leaving the Fold". This American Life. 2004-01-23.

"Jerry Springer's "Who Do You Think You Are?" Story". BBC. 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2008-08-27.[dead link]

"Fans go wild for 'Dancing' Jerry Springer". MSNBC. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

"Jerry Springer Voted Off 'Dancing With the Stars'". Fox News Channel. 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2007-06-21.

"Jerry Springer addresses Law grads at commencement". The Daily Northwestern. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-08-01.

"Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Jerry Springer". Anytime with Bob Kushell. episode 13. season 1. 2009-03-12.

Paris, Natalie (2021-12-05). "Jerry Springer play ruled not blasphemous". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-05-06.

The Jerry Springer Show has been notably denounced by Peter Gabriel in Jerry Springer's video, 'The Barry Williams Show'.


Rebecca Johnson and Kathleen Powers, "Jerry Springer under Siege", Good Housekeeping, September 1998, pp. 114–119.

John Kieswetter. "Jerry Springer ready to take radio show national". The Cincinnati Enquirer. March 21, 2005. D1.

Allison J. Waldman, "American Pie: The In-Your-Face Success of 'The Jerry Springer Show'", TelevisionWeek, May 8, 2006, p. 31.

Sharon Waxman. "King of the Trash Heap; Jerry Springer Digs the Dirt On Television". Washington Post, January 20, 1998, p. D1.

External links

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"Leaving the Fold", This American Life, January 23, 2004. "[P]roducer Alex Blumberg tells the true story of Jerry Springer's life before Jerry Springer was a talk show host."

Text from Jerry Springer's address at Northwestern Law Convocation

Mayor Jerry Springer

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