Legendary TV Host Jerry Springer Dead At 79

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Fans and Colleagues Mourn the Loss of a Beloved TV Personality Jerry Springer 

The entertainment industry is in mourning today following the news of the death of Jerry Springer, one of the most influential figures in the world of television. The brash talk show host passed away on Thursday (April 27) at the age of 79, leaving behind a rich legacy and countless fans who were inspired by his talent and charisma.

Springer, who is best known for hosting “The Jerry Springer Show,” a daytime talk show that became infamous for its sensationalistic and controversial content died at his home in Chicago after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. News of his passing was announced in a statement by Jene Galvin, a family friend and executive producer of Mr. Springer’s podcast.

“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word,” said Jene Galvin. “He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”

Early Life and Education

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Jerry Springer as a young man/Getty Images

Gerald Norman Springer was born on February 13, 1944, in London, England to Jewish refugees from Germany. His family immigrated to the United States when he was five years old, and they settled in New York City. Springer grew up in a working-class family and attended Forest Hills High School, where he was a member of the debate team and the school newspaper.

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After high school, Springer attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then attended Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree.

Political Career

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Springer on the gubernatorial campaign trail in 1982.
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After law school, Springer worked as a lawyer for several years before becoming involved in politics. In 1970, he was elected to the Cincinnati City Council, and in 1977, he was elected Mayor of Cincinnati. As mayor, Springer worked to improve the city’s economy and infrastructure, but he also faced controversy when it was revealed that he had paid a prostitute with a personal check.

Springer resigned as mayor in 1978 and returned to practicing law. He later worked as a political commentator and appeared on various television news programs.

Television Career

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The Jerry Springer show

In 1991, Springer began hosting “The Jerry Springer Show,” a daytime talk show that featured guests discussing controversial and often salacious topics such as adultery, disability, incest, and transvestism. The show became known for its over-the-top confrontations and brawls, which often involved the guests throwing chairs or engaging in physical altercations.

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Despite its controversial content, “The Jerry Springer Show” became a massive hit and was syndicated to hundreds of television stations across the United States and around the world. The show’s success made Springer a household name, and he became known for his catchphrase, “Take care of yourselves and each other.”

In addition to hosting “The Jerry Springer Show,” Springer has also appeared on a number of other television programs, including “Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “Celebrity Big Brother.”

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Personal Life

Jerry Springer has been married twice. His first marriage was to Micki Velton, and they have one daughter together, Katie. They divorced in 1994. Springer then married his current wife, former model and actress, Angela Mackenzie, in 1973. They have one daughter together.

Fans and colleagues of Jerry Springer are taking to social media to express their sadness and pay tribute to their memory. 

“I am shocked and saddened by Jerry’s passing. He was a friend and colleague. He was in his own way a unique showman. I will miss him,” Maury Popovic tells TMZ.

“I always loved his final thought at the end of his crazy show. My favorite memory of him was when he and I battled it out on Rap Battle. He was hilarious and he beat my ass. Jerry Springer will be missed,” adds actress Ricki Lake. 

“Rip Jerry Springer. You made my off days at school so much more entertaining,” one person wrote on Twitter.

In their statement, Springer’s family asked fans to consider making a donation or committing to an act of kindness to someone in need or an advocacy organization.

Our thoughts go out to Jerry Springer’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

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