Jerry Springer death – latest: Tributes to TV host and ‘millennial babysitter’ pour in after he dies aged 79
Legendary US TV chat show host Jerry Springer has died, aged 79.
For almost three decades, the star presented the raucous The Jerry Springer Show. The series was at its most popular in the late Nineties, when it competed with Oprah Winfrey’s show in the ratings battle.
Several Nineties babies have remembered him as a “Millennial babysitter”, as his show aired during the daytime.
Springer also hosted America’s Got Talent, and and the courtroom show Judge Jerry.
A family spokesperson said: “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.
“He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humour will live on.”
Follow live updates as tributes flood in for the star...
Jerry Springer death: legendary TV host dies aged 79
Remembering ‘The Jerry Springer Show’s’ epic episode with racist family
Jerry Springer’s political career
Former professional wrestler honours ‘legend’ Jerry Springer
17:45 , Inga Parkel
Retired Iranian-American professional wrestler, Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik, paid tribute to Jerry Springer.
JERRY SPRINGER I LOVE YOU FOREVER BUBBA. THIS VIDEO REMIND ME THAT YOU WERE THE LEGEND OF THE EARTH LIKE THE IRON SHEIK. GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER pic.twitter.com/bh8DUiQYUR
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 27, 2023
17:35 , Inga Parkel
Jerry Springer’s ‘Austin Powers 2’ cameo
17:10 , Inga Parkel
Younger generations who were not raised on The Jerry Springer Show might perhaps know him better from his cameo in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
Springer ironically appeared as himself in Mike Myers’s spy spoof. At one point in the film, Scott Evil and his father, Dr Evil, appear as guests on The Jerry Springer Show.
During the show, Dr Evil attacks Springer after the host tries to get security to boot the villain off the set.
17:00 , Inga Parkel
Jerry Springer, Ricki Lake and Jenny Jones are my play uncle and aunties who used to watch me after school https://t.co/zVMO2hmznq
— 🦹🏽♀️ (@vinabean) April 27, 2023
What was Jerry Springer best known for?
16:45 , Inga Parkel
Springer became a true American icon with his long-running chat series, The Jerry Springer Show, which ran for 28 seasons between 1991 to 2018.
He then followed the show’s success by once again putting his law degree to use in his three-season court show Judge Jerry.
The show was his own version of the popular Judge Judy, where he welcomed several people to come forward with their real cases and then afterwards he would offer his verdict in front of a TV courtroom.
How did Jerry Springer die?
16:40 , Inga Parkel
In the statement from Springer’s spokesperson, it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.
It is unknown, however, if complications from the diagnosis led to his passing.
Jerry Springer’s final TV apperance
16:30 , Inga Parkel
Following Jerry Springer’s illustrious TV career, he leaned more into radio. However, he made his final TV appearance as a contestant on The Masked Singer’s fall 2022 season.
During the top-secret singing competition, Springer was disguised as Beetle.
He was eventually eliminated in the second round along with singer and actor Kat Graham, who was dressed as Robo Girl.
At the time, he explained his decision to join the show, saying, “there’s so many serious things going on in the world [so] to be able to just do something that’s just fun and silly” was a pleasure.
The Jerry Springer Show: A Racist Family
16:15 , Inga Parkel
One of the more memorable episodes of The Jerry Springer Show was a 1995 episode titled “A Racist Family”.
In the hour, Springer was joined by extremist August Kreis (former member of the Klu Klux Klan, neo-Nazi leader and convicted child molester) and his two daughters.
During the show, the four engaged in a tumultuous conversation about race, which led to the host accusing Kreis of “ruining” his children and telling him to “shut your face”.
Kreis and Springer nearly got into a fight on air and had to be pulled apart by security.
Jerry Springer had just launched his new morning radio show in February
16:10 , Inga Parkel
Following the end of The Jerry Springer Podcast in December 2022, Springer announced his new radio show, The Jerry Springer and Jene Galvin Folk Hour.
The launch date of the Cincinnati programme was only a few months ago on 5 February. Springer’s final tweet from his personal account was to promote the radio hour.
The Jerry Springer and Jene Galvin Folk Hour!
Starting Sunday, February 5 at nine in the morning, you can have breakfast and listen to folk music from the 1960s that literally shaped a culture, all on Cincinnati's WMKV (89.3 FM). #Radio #folkmusic #jerryspringer pic.twitter.com/L18LArGTHE
— Jerry Springer (@jerryspringer) January 31, 2023
Jerry Springer’s political career
16:00 , Inga Parkel
The British-born American television host was best known for his flourishing career on screen, but before he became a key part of American entertainment, he was a politician.
Springer got his start as a political campaign adviser to Democratic US Attorney General Robert F Kennedy. Following Kennedy’s assassination in 1968, Springer began practising law at a Cincinnati law firm.
In 1970, he ran for Congress but lost his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Donald J Clancy.
Years later, he went on to serve as Cincinnati’s Mayor in 1977 for one year.
Journalist Yashar Ali remembers Jerry Springer as quintessential entertainment for Millennials
15:50 , Inga Parkel
Jerry Springer wasn’t just a talk show host, he was also the babysitter for many millennials who were home sick from school.
May he rest in peace.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 27, 2023
NBC News’s Henry J Gomez celebrates Jerry Springer’s political career
15:45 , Inga Parkel
Jerry Springer was best known for his TV career. But in Ohio he was also known as a former Cincinnati mayor. As recently as the early aughts he was perhaps the Ohio Democratic Party's top prospect for statewide office. https://t.co/BkVybpLsHo
— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) April 27, 2023
Springer dies aged 79
15:38 , Ellie Harrison
Star’s death was announced by a family spokesperson