Jerry Springer has a ton of respect in the world of TV for having such a long lasting career that rivaled the audience numbers of Oprah, during her heyday.
Of course that respect was created after Jerry Springer’s past sounded like an episode of his own show where, in 1971, he admitted to hiring a prostitute (and paying with a check), while serving on the Cincinnati City Council. At this point, many in the city declared his political career dead…until he came clean about the whole mess and won his seat back in 1975. Amazingly, he even went on to be mayor of the city.
After 4,000 episode, it is and end of an era. The Jerry Springer Show is coming to an end.
After all the cheating, lying, transvestites, transexuals, set destruction, all-out brawls, strippers, skinheads, pimps, fetishes and, well…anything surreal, there will be no more chants of Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!
You may not remember, but The Jerry Springer Show started in 1991 as a news and politics show with guests like Oliver North and Jesse Jackson dealing with guns, politics, homeless, racism and the stuff you would see on cable news channels today. Then in 1994, a new producer came in to save the show, as it had been floundering and made it much more (uh hmm) sensational.
Oh, and there is a British version of the show.
But don’t think that this is the end of The Jerry Springer show completely, it will still be available in reruns (sometimes multiple times a day). The producers have said the premise of each episode it “pretty homogenous” (I guess, for therapists in need of clients) and, according to the producers could be repeated for decades with no one knowing the difference. Yes, even with this announcement there has even been talk of reviving the show at some point with new episodes, but for now, that isn’t the case.