Jerry Springer passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the age of 79 after a battle with cancer. He hosted The Jerry Springer Show for 27 seasons from 1991-2018. Outrageous humor gave the show an appeal that made it massively successful for decades. The storylines brought up by his guests seemed to have no limits. They talked publicly about relationship issues that left the realm of the ordinary (to say the least). They would kick and scream about the wildest things to the point where security had to break them up.
The task of keeping the show FCC-friendly was a handful with countless bleeped curses in the regularly sudden outbursts and screaming matches.
Jerry Springer spoke about his show during an interview with Huffington Post in 2013. “My show is stupid. It’s stupid, but it’s fun to do. I enjoy it. People obviously like it, otherwise they wouldn’t watch it… It has no redeeming social value. It’s an hour of escapism, but at least our show is reality.” He even jokingly called himself the “father of the destruction of Western civilization” because of his show’s influence on modern “reality” tv.
Springer is famous for the show, but it wasn’t his only accomplishment. He had a career in politics before he entered the entertainment business.
Here is a list of 5 Jerry Springer accomplishments you may not be aware of.
The world will remember Springer for major accomplishments within decades of a life in the public eye.