Jerry Springer, the former Cincinnati mayor who rose to fame as the controversial host of one of America’s most notorious talk shows, has passed away at the age of 79. Springer’s show, which ran for nearly three decades from 1991 to 2018, became known for its outrageous guests and sensational topics, earning it the title of the worst television show in history by TV Guide in 2011.
Springer’s family spokesman, Jene Galvin, announced his passing, which occurred at his suburban Chicago home. Galvin praised Springer’s ability to connect with people and acknowledged the immense loss felt by his loved ones, but assured that his intellect, heart, and humor would be remembered.
Throughout the years, “The Jerry Springer Show” showcased a variety of peculiar guests and situations, with Springer maintaining a mix of sympathy, amusement, intelligence, and wry detachment. Despite his successful career in television, Springer admitted that his true passion was politics. This passion was challenged in 1974 when a scandal involving soliciting prostitutes led to his resignation as a Cincinnati councilman.
Springer managed to make a political comeback, being reelected to the council and even serving as mayor in 1977. However, his aspirations of becoming governor or a U.S. senator were never realized. Instead, Springer turned to journalism, eventually leading him to host his infamous talk show.
In addition to his work on “The Jerry Springer Show,” Springer explored various roles in the entertainment industry, from hosting “America’s Got Talent” to appearing on “Dancing with the Stars.” Despite the scandals and controversies, Springer remained unapologetic about his career, prioritizing survival over the ethics of a television show.
Springer is survived by his daughter, Katie Springer.