Longtime talk show host Jerry Springer passed away on Thursday at the age of 79, according to reports from US media citing a family spokesperson. The cause of death was reportedly “a brief illness,” though no further details were given. Springer died peacefully at his home in Chicago.
Jerry Springer was a former lawyer and politician who briefly served as the mayor of Cincinnati in 1977. He later became a television presenter and host, gaining international fame for his talk show “The Jerry Springer Show,” which first aired in 1991.
Initially, the show focused on social issues and US politics, but after a few years, Springer began to introduce more outrageous content in an effort to boost ratings. The show quickly gained a reputation for its salacious and often violent encounters, with guests frequently airing their dirty laundry and engaging in physical fights.
Despite its controversial content, “The Jerry Springer Show” became a huge hit, topping daytime television ratings in the US in the late 1990s and even surpassing Oprah in popularity. The show ran for 27 years and ended its run in 2018.
Before his broadcasting career, Springer served as a political reporter and commentator. He was also a campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy.
News of Springer’s passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes and condolences from fans and colleagues. Many have praised him for his quick wit and ability to connect with audiences, while others have celebrated his impact on popular culture.
Jerry Springer’s legacy as a talk show host and media personality will undoubtedly endure, as he leaves behind a lasting impact on the world of television and popular entertainment.