Jerry Springer, who was a daytime TV host, has di*d at the age of 79, TVLine has reported.
A family member said that Springer di*d at his home in Chicago, Illinois, after a short illness, with his family around him. No one knows for sure what caused the de@th.
“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,” a family source told TVLine. “He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart, and humor will live on.”
Springer was best known for his long-running talk show with the same name. It aired for 27 years and ended in 2018. Jerry Springer first aired in 1991 and quickly became known for its low-brow themes and frequent on-screen fights. (In 2007, the show’s doorman, Steve Wilkos, got his own talk show.)
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Springer became a byword for trashy TV, and its numbers went through the roof. At one point in the late 1990s, it even had higher ratings than the daytime powerhouse The Oprah Winfrey Show. Each of the more than 3,800 shows ended with Springer’s “Final Thought” about the chaos that came before it.
Springer came back to daytime TV a year after Jerry Springer ended with the syndicated courtroom show Judge Jerry. It ran for three seasons and finished in 2022. He also hosted NBC’s America’s Got Talent for two seasons and was a contestant on Season 3 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (where he came in fifth) and Season 8 of Fox’s The Masked Singer.
Springer was a lawyer for 15 years before he became a TV star. He got his law degree from Northwestern University in 1968. He also worked in politics. From 1977 to 1978, he was the mayor of Cincinnati.