CHICAGO , Legendary television personality and talk show host, Jerry Springer, passed away today at the age of 79 in his hometown of Chicago. Springer was known for his iconic daytime talk show “The Jerry Springer Show,” which ran from September 30, 1991 until July 26, 2018. During his career as a journalist, he covered both politics and sports before transitioning into hosting one of TV’s most outrageous programs.
Jerry Springer was born in London on February 13th, 1944. His family moved to the United States when he was five years old. He went on to attend college in Ohio where he majored in political science. Before joining television, he served in Vietnam War and was even elected to the Cincinnati City Council. After losing his bid for mayor, Springer turned to journalism full time. He hosted radio shows across several states eventually landing him on Cincinnati’s top-rated station WLWT by the early ’80s covering local news stories. Later he began anchoring national news updates for “Entertainment Tonight.”
Throughout his career Springer won more than two dozen regional Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcasting as well as two National Emmys. But despite these prestigious awards, many remember Jerry for his raucous stage presence and explosive confrontations on his syndicated program. In fact, “Jerry! Jerry!” became a cultural catchphrase along side “take care of yourself.” Many may not know but Springer wrote an opera called “Il Fantasma dell Opera” which debuted during the Lexington Opera House’s season-opening celebration in Kentucky during 2013. With his death we say goodbye to a legend of entertainment who had success ranging from journalism all the way to reality television.
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