One of the most well-known and divisive individuals in television history, Jerry Springer, has passed away.
There was never a dull moment when Jerry hosted the popular syndicated talk show “The Jerry Springer Show” for 27 years. The noisy and chaotic program was noted for its eccentric guests, who frequently got into violent altercations as the crowd chanted, “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!”
According to a family representative, Jerry had a “brief illness.” Our sources tell us it was pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed a few months ago, and this week he took a turn for the worse.
He passed away quietly at his home in the Chicago region on Thursday morning, according to the spokeswoman.
Prior to becoming a politician, he made an unsuccessful candidacy for the US Congress in 1970, was elected to Cincinnati’s City Council in 1971, and was elected mayor of the city in 1977. He completed one term.
But Springer’s program, which premiered in 1991, became a global phenomenon. Most people won’t recall this, but when Jerry first started, his show was heavily focused on political matters. Of course, it ultimately turned out to be the complete opposite and a ratings blockbuster.
In a number of places in the late 1990s, Jerry’s show even outperformed Oprah Winfrey’s. The final season of “Springer” aired in 2018.
With his three-season courtroom drama “Judge Jerry,” he had one more run on television.
On “The Masked Singer” last season, Jerry made his final TV appearance as “The Beetle,” singing a Frank Sinatra classic.
His cancer fight reportedly grew much worse a month ago, forcing him to quit his job. He had been the host of a folk music program on a Cincinnati-area radio station.
His daughter Katie Springer and older sister Evelyn are his only heirs.
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