The Jerry Springer Show Celebrates 25 Years: The Host Shares His Most …

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‘Jerry Springer Show’ celebrates 25 years.

No sense tempting fate. “Know this,” said Springer, who wore a tuxedo for the show’s taping. “There’s never been a moment in the 25 years of doing our show that I ever thought that I was better than the people who appear on our stage.

We had a neo-Nazi on and I kind of lost it,” Springer tells PEOPLE. “I’d lost my family in the Holocaust, so when he started talking about turning my mother into a lampshade or something, I lost it.” “I’m supposed to be able to handle all the outrageous things. But that’s still an extraordinary achievement for the daytime program which started at WLWT-TV’s old Crosley Square studios at 9th and Elm Streets on Sept. 30, 1991. This was not a good idea.’ Thankfully security got him on the ground.” Springer considers himself “very lucky” to have been assigned to host his “circus” of a show. Upcoming episodes include “Spontaneous Sex Mistakes,” ”Big Girls Bring It!” ”Sorry Sis, Your Man is Fair Game,” ”I Sexed Your Ex” and “Lesbian Stepsister Hook-Up.” It’s been a long time since “The Jerry Springer Show” was a sensation, and a threat to Civilization As We Know It.

He had been a successful anchor on the local news on Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate station for a number of years when the company who owned the affiliate tapped him to host a new talk show. “I didn’t audition or anything. Now it’s a dependable daytime comedy, seen regularly by about two million people each day and rarely noticed by others. “We don’t hear it anymore,” he said, “because I’m not part of the pop culture. The early “Springer” show was mostly a serious Phil Donahue-style issues oriented discussion about race, equality, domestic violence, homelessness, the AIDS epidemic, etc. “We’re trying desperately to take the high road,” he told the Boston Herald. You can’t be a grown-up and say, ‘oh my gosh, they’re talking about a gay person.’ The world has changed.” Springer has theories about why his show has endured.

There was no thought that this would turn into 25 years.” Now 71, Springer lives in Sarasota, Florida, but spends his Mondays and Tuesdays filming the talk show in Connecticut and the rest of his week traveling around the country hosting the Price is Right Live! tour – and he has no plans of slowing down any time soon. “I did let the people at NBCUniversal know that I will be stopping when I’m 104. It also appeared at the beginning of an era marked by people looking to themselves for entertainment, and not always celebrities. “I can’t sit here and tell you I know why I’ve lasted 25 years,” he said. “I don’t know.

Jerr-Ree!) The former Cincinnati mayor, councilman and Emmy-winning news anchor started making over his image in 2005, hosting a national liberal talk radio show from Clear Channel’s WCKY-AM. Then he competed in 2006 on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” He lasted six weeks by showing the loveable, self-deprecating humor which got him elected in the 1970s to Cincinnati City Council. People aren’t watching the show because they want to see me.” Truth is, Springer’s air of benign bemusement, his light hand on the tiller, is one of the show’s secrets.

Everyone knows he’s in on the joke. “Any show that has a zany supporting cast, you have to have one person who’s the calm in the middle of the storm,” said Marc Berman, an analyst for TV Media Insights. “And that’s him.” Springer is a lawyer and former news anchor who got into politics and became mayor of Cincinnati. I don’t mean the subject matter but, I don’t have a different personality onstage.” Springer’s show is taped in the same theater 30 miles northeast of New York City that Maury Povich and Steve Wilkos use. Talking to the audience before the 25th anniversary episode began, he tells some of the same corny jokes they’ve probably heard from their grandfathers. That’s why when he invited one guest’s “wife” onstage and turned his back to walk into the audience, the loud roar surprised him; he didn’t know the man said he’d married his horse. “If there’s a wedding cake, there’s no way that the wedding cake is not going to be thrown,” he said. “We’ve never ended a show with a wedding cake still in one piece.

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