Gerald Norman Springer, to the public known as Jerry Springer, is a famous British-American talk show host, television anchor, game show host, television personality, as well as a television producer. Jerry Springer is perhaps best known as the host of a popular tabloid talk show called “The Jerry Springer Show”. The show debuted on television screens in 1991, and ever since then has attracted a large viewership. “The Jerry Springer Show” initially started out as a political talk show and had such guests as Jesse Jackson and Oliver North on it. However, in order to achieve higher ratings and increase the popularity of the series, Jerry Springer began delving into more controversial and provocative topics, which in turn contributed to the success of the show in the long run and influenced the change in many other talk shows that wanted to be as popular as Jerry Springer’s series. “The Jerry Springer Show” became so popular that it even beat Oprah Winfrey’s talk show called “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1998 in ratings.
Jerry Springer Net Worth $45 Million
However, with great fame and success came a lot of criticism and suspicion that the fights that usually broke out during the show were fake and scripted. As the creators of the show were forced to reduce the amount of violence shown on the screen, the ratings of “The Jerry Springer Show” decreased as well, nevertheless, over the years the show maintained a high enough average number of viewers in order to keep it on air.
A famous television talk show host, how rich is Jerry Springer? According to sources, Jerry Springer’s net worth is estimated to be $45 million. Needless to say, the majority of Jerry Springer’s net worth and wealth came from his involvement in the entertainment industry.
Jerry Springer was born in 1944, in London, England, but he moved out to the United States together with his parents in 1949. In the United States Springer’s family settled down in Queens, New York, where Springer started attending Forest Hills High School. Inspired by John F. Kennedy, Springer decided to pursue a career in politics and therefore he went to study at Tulane University, where he earned a degree in political science. Springer also has a Juris Doctor, a professional doctorate graduate degree in law, which he earned in the Northwestern University.
Jerry Springer started his political career as a campaign adviser and initially worked for Robert F. Kennedy. In 1970, Springer unsuccessfully ran for Congress, however, a year later he became a member of the Cincinnati city council. Later in life, Springer switched from politics to journalism and for some time worked as a political reporter, as well as a news commentator.
Jerry Springer’s breakthrough came in 1991 when he debuted with his own talk show “The Jerry Springer Show”. Ever since then, he has been featured on such television programs as “America’s Got Talent”, “The Adam Carolla Show”, “Married… With Children” with Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate and Katey Sagal, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” with Drew Carey and many other shows.
Helped Stuart Lee and Richard Thomas gain the rights to produce the Jerry Springer Opera while in development stage, when Studios USA threatened legal action for violation of the copyright laws.
"Jerry Springer - The Opera" won the 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
His inspired musical, Jerry Springer --The Opera performed at the Royal National: Lyttelton and late at Cambridge Theatre, was awarded the Carlton Television Best Musical Award at the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
His talk show turned musical, Jerry Springer - The Opera performed at the Royal National Theatre: Lyttelton and later at the Cambridge Theatre, was awarded the 2003 London Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
"Jerry Springer -- The Opera", performed at the Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton and Cambridge Theatre, was awarded the 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best New Musical of 2003.
Has a house in Lido Key, Sarasota, Florida that he stays at when the show is on hiatus.
The sons of guest Nancy Campbell-Panitz, who was murdered by her ex-husband after the couple appeared on a "Springer" episode with his girlfriend, filed suit in Sarasota County (FL) Court against Springer, his producers and his distributor, USA Studios, claiming Springer created "a mood that led to murder." [July 2002]
Won 10 local Emmys for his nightly news and political commentaries during his stint at Cincinnati's WLWT-TV.
Won a seat on Cincinnati's Council-at-Large in 1971, but resigned in 1974 after police - raiding a Fort Wright, KY massage parlor - found a check he had written to a "massuse" for her services. Coming clean at a press conference, his honesty worked, and he won back his seat in 1975.
Was elected mayor of Cincinnati in 1977, receiving the largest plurality in history.
Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, and testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of ratification of what became the 26th Amendment to the Constitution.
Ran for Governor of Ohio in 1982.
Holds a BA in Political Science from Tulane University (New Orleans, LA), and a JD from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).
Has established a scholarship fund at the Keliman School (Chicago, IL) that serves inner-city youth.
Daughter Katie (born 1976) was born legally blind, deaf in one ear and without nasal passages.
Cincinnati Magazine voted him TV's "Best Anchor" five years in a row.
Born in a London Underground station after his family fled the Holocaust. The family - mom Margot, dad Richard, and sister Evelyn - moved to Queens, New York in 1949 when Jerry was 5.
A self-described "country singer-songwriter," he opens for Billy Ray Cyrus whenever scheduling allows, and has even performed at actor Johnny Depp's notorious club, the Viper Room.
Jerry Springer (1991) debuts. It was developed by Cincinnati's WLWT-TV to replace its landmark Donahue (1967) (Phil Donahue and Springer both worked for WLWT-TV at the time). Springer was eventually forced to revamp its serious format in an attempt to save the show from being dropped by syndicators due to poor ratings. The rest, as they say, is history. [September 1991]
Daughter Katie attended Barat College, from where she graduated in May 2001.
Attended Northwestern University School of Law.
His nationally televised talk show is well known for guests fighting on stage and shouting foul language, as well as having strippers and exotic dancers performing on various episodes.
Known for having a variety of unconventional guests with bizarre stories
Always closes his televison show with the phrase "Until next time, take care of yourself, and each other."
I think technology has changed the way we see things. Human behavior has not changed in the last 3,000 years. There's nothing that has ever been on our show that isn't in the Bible, that isn't in literature, that isn't in Shakespeare.
(What's changed over the new millenium): "I've never been older... "
If a wrestler could be governor, I could be president!
On running for Senate - "I would love to have done it. But I have to have seperation from the TV show. Research showed I could win, but people would want the show to be over before the campaign. It's hard to think about Iraq in the evening when I'm dancing with transvestities in the afternoon."
I would never watch my show. I'm not interested in it.