Controversial talk show host and former politician Jerry Springer dies, age 79

Apr 28, 2023
News of Jerry Springer's death elicited a profound sense of sorrow from his devoted fans. Source: Getty Images.

Jerry Springer, the charismatic and engaging talk show host who gained fame for his unconventional and often outrageous namesake TV show, passed away on Thursday, April 27 at the age of 79.

Springer reportedly died peacefully at his Chicago home following a brief illness.

“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word,” Springer’s close friend and family spokesperson Jene Galvin said.

“He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humour will live on.”

Springer was born in London, England on February 13, 1944. When he was five years old his family emigrated to the United States. Springer grew up in Queens, New York and later attended Northwestern University, where he earned a law degree.

Springer began his career in politics, serving on the Cincinnati City Council in the 1970s. He later served as mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978. After leaving politics, Springer transitioned to broadcasting, hosting a local news show in Cincinnati before eventually landing his own talk show, The Jerry Springer Show.

The Jerry Springer Show, which debuted in 1991, quickly became notorious for its controversial topics and confrontational style. The show often featured guests with outrageous and sometimes disturbing stories, leading to frequent on-air fights and confrontations. Despite criticism from some quarters, the show became incredibly popular, with millions of viewers tuning in every day.

In addition to his television work, Springer also appeared in several films and television shows, including Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, and the movie Ringmaster. He was also been a frequent commentator on political and social issues and wrote several books.

The news of Jerry Springer’s death elicited a profound sense of sorrow from his devoted fans, who took to social media to express their grief and pay homage to his legacy.

He is survived by his daughter Katie Springer.

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