Jerry Springer branded hugely successful talk show 'stupid' in candid interview

Jerry Springer opened up about the love for his iconic series, the Jerry Springer Show, joking that he ‘ruined the culture’.

The host died on Thursday at the age of 79, a family spokesperson confirmed, with tributes pouring in on social media.

In a resurfaced interview before his death, he spoke about the fascination behind his eponymous program, and its huge success.

Appearing on the Today Show in 2017, he began the interview by apologizing for a clip montage that played out, telling the host: ‘I’ve ruined the culture.’

‘It’s stupid,’ he said when asked why the program had been so successful. ‘And it’s got a niche, and no one else kind of goes in that niche, so I think that’s one of the reasons it’s lasted.

‘The personality of the guests. No one’s watching because of me, they’re watching because the stories are crazy and the people are outrageous.’

When asked whether there was a line they ‘won’t cross’, and a guest they wouldn’t air, he continued: ‘When it started, we were a serious show. But then all of a sudden, it started going crazy. And when Universal bought us, they said, “From now on, only crazy.”

‘But there’s no censorship. We’ve had on our show neo-Nazis, and my family was exterminated by the Nazis. If I can do a show where I’m okay that they’re on, then what am I going to say no to?’

In the years before the Jerry Springer Show was aired on TVs around the world, the presenter his career in politics and was a campaign advisor to Robert F Kennedy.

In 1970, he ran for Congress in 1970 and was elected to the Cincinnati City Council the following year.

The City Council asked him to serve as mayor of Cincinnati for one year, in 1977, before he ran for the governor of Ohio in 1982.

Springer enjoyed a long stint as a local political commentator, and debuted the Jerry Springer Show in September, 1991 – which initially began as a politics program.

Shortly after the launch, the late star decided to freshen up the format, and welcomed a wide-range of guests to his stage, offering them a platform to air out their issues – which led to wild fights and explosive scenes.

It became an instant success and drew in more than 12million viewers at its peak, beating out Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998.

The Jerry Springer Show aired for nearly 5,000 episodes, across 27 seasons, before it ended in 2018.

Springer’s death was confirmed earlier today by a family spokesperson, who 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 humor will live on.’

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