Legendary TV host Jerry Springer, best known for his lowbrow talk show The Jerry Springer Show, has passed away today peacefully in his Chicago home at the age of 79.
Say what you will about Jerry Springer. But nobody else would invite KKK members onstage so guests could punch them in the face. Respect. pic.twitter.com/2HEy9NIx4q
— panic! attack at the disco (@tomposting_) April 27, 2023
About his death, family spokesperson Jene Galvin told the press earlier today, "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 humor will live on."
Springer undoubtedly lived a fascinating life, starting his rise to national prominence in Ohio politics in the 1970s. He was elected the 56th mayor of Cincinnati in 1976 and sought the Governor's seat in 1982, albeit unsuccessfully.
In 1991, Jerry Springer, the talk show that would make him a household name, began as a political roundtable-type show, but as ratings tanked, he pivoted towards tabloid sensationalism and his shows often devolved into arguments and fistfights between guests — many becoming viral videos years later online.
Jerry Springer is dead.
So let's take a look at at when Benny The Bull did the show for some reason. pic.twitter.com/GVq4prZrY9
— Morten Stig Jensen (@msjnba) April 27, 2023
RIP Jerry Springer pic.twitter.com/IAB0Td5dek
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) April 27, 2023
RIP to Jerry Springer never forget this iconic moment from the show pic.twitter.com/oczcwCTsEq
— Majin (@UPWESTZOOTED) April 27, 2023
Jerry Springer also proved incredibly influential in meme culture, as it defined a surreal era in '90s television that was more comparable to the WWE Attitude Era than say, Larry King.
The screenshots and segment ideas that defined Springer helped pioneer shows like Maury, a similarly "shocking" talk show that also has a notable place in internet history.
News of Springer's death this morning led to an outpouring of tributes from social media, as many users dubbed him the "patron saint of sick days" on account of his show always seeming to be on in the middle of weekday afternoons.
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