Jerry Springer

About Jerry Springer

Gerald Norman Springer (born February 13, 1944) is a British-American television-judge, broadcaster, journalist, actor, comedian, producer, and former lawyer and politician. He hosted the tabloid talk show ‘Jerry Springer’ between September 30, 1991 and July 26, 2018, and debuted the ‘Jerry Springer Podcast’ in 2015. Since September 2019, Springer has hosted the courtroom show ‘Judge Jerry’. In 1970, Springer ran for Congress. He failed to unseat incumbent Republican Donald D. Clancy, but took 45% of the vote in a traditionally Republican district.

Jerry Springer debuted on September 30, 1991. It was developed by WLWT to mimic the format and look of fellow talk show ‘The Phil Donahue Show’, all the way down to Jerry’s Donahue-esque appearance. It started as a politically oriented talk show, a longer version of Springer’s commentaries. Guests included Oliver North and Jesse Jackson, and topics included homelessness and gun politics. In early 1994, Springer and his new producer, Richard Dominick, revamped the show’s format in order to garner higher ratings. 

The show became more successful after it’s revamp as it became targeted toward tabloidish sensationalism. Guests were everyday people confronted on a television stage by a spouse or family member’s adultery, homosexuality, prostitution, transvestism, hate group membership, or other controversial situations. These confrontations were often promoted by scripted shouting or violence on stage. The show received substantial ratings and much attention. By 1998, it was beating The Oprah Winfrey Show in many cities, and was reaching more than 6.7 million viewers. Learn More…

Jerry Springer