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339. Jerry Springer: The Man Behind the Show
Perhaps no other name in daytime variety shows
out more emotion than Jerry Springer. Springer has
a talk show host for several years on
show that bears his name, the Jerry Springer
. His show is described as a tabloid talk
because of the controversial subjects covered, and because
the people who appear on the show. Springer
not invite celebrities to his show. Instead, he
to showcase regular Americans from all walks of
. He is a former politician who served one
as mayor of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio,
His show debuted in 1991 as
politically themed talk show, where he invited celebrities
as Oliver North, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
show was designed to mimic another popular daytime
show, the Phil Donahue show. The show found
success, but in 1994, in order to boost
, the show transitioned to a more sensational format.
this new format, everyday people were confronted by
members, and friends, about controversial subjects.
been highly-rated for decades now, but has also
under fire from many groups who claim the
are not appropriate for daytime television. Springer does
shy away from any subject. Guests are confronted
subjects such as adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, and hate
membership. Often, these confrontations become violent, where guests
in physical confrontations. The Springer show has spawned
copycat shows over the years, but it still
-rates every other show of its kind.
2000, a female guest on the Springer show
murdered by her ex-husband after viewing the episode.
, his producer, and the network were sued by
woman's children. The suit alleged that the controversial
of the show led to the murder. Eventually
, the suit was dropped.