Jerry Springer believes the tabloid show ‘Ruined Culture’

  • Jerry Springer has said he believes he “destroyed the culture” thanks to his controversial talk show.
  • “Jerry Springer” aired nearly 5,000 episodes between 1991 and 2018.
  • “I just hope hell isn’t that hot because I burn really easily,” she said on “Behind the Velvet Rope.”

Four years after his controversial tabloid talk show ended its 27th season, Jerry Springer reflects on the legacy he has left on the world.

On Tuesday’s episode of David Yontef’s “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast, the 78-year-old politician-turned-TV host was asked if he considers himself the “grandfather of reality TV,” thanks to his eponymous talk show, which has aired nearly 5,000 episodes. between 1991 and its cancellation in 2018.

Springer didn’t want to accept the title and instead responded, “No, I’m just apologizing. I’m very sorry. What did I do? I ruined the culture.”

He then joked: ‘I just hope hell isn’t that hot because I burn really easily. I’m very light and that worries me.”

Springer added that he considers himself “just a lucky guy” and that making a name for himself in show business “was never a thought in my mind.”

The show, which featured guests airing their personal problems in front of a live studio audience, still has people talking to this day, thanks to repeats airing around the world.

Some of the most memorable and outrageous episodes include a man who lived in wedded bliss with his horse, a woman who had sex with 251 men in 10 hours to break the world sex record, and a mother and daughter who teamed up to become dominant together.

Of course, over the years, there have been many paternity tests, accusations of adultery and fights between the guests, who happily sent chairs flying in the name of fun.

Jerry Springer talks to his guests and audience on the set of The Jerry Springer Show.

Jerry Springer talks to his guests and audience on the set of ‘The Jerry Springer Show’.

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Before the talk show that made him famous, Springer was mayor of Cincinnati between 1977 and 1978. Explaining how he made the transition from politics to television, he told Yontef on the podcast that it was “pure luck.”

The British-born star explained: “After the mayor, I was offered the job anchoring the news for the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati. I did that for 10 years.”

“And that was kind of a logical transition, and then how the show turned out was pure luck,” Springer continued.

“The company that owned the station where I did the news had a talk show. They owned Phil Donahue, Sally Jesse Raphael. Well, Phil was retiring. And so the CEO took me to lunch one day and he said, Phil is retiring, we’re starting a new talk show. You’re the host.”

“So I was assigned as an employee and then all of a sudden, the show took off. So I ended up in show business without thinking for myself,” Springer said, noting that he doesn’t think he has “any special show business talent.”

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