According to TMZ, Jerry Springer, a significant and controversial personality in the history of television, has passed away at the age of 79. For 27 years, Jerry hosted the popular talk show “The Jerry Springer Show,” which was renowned for its eccentric guests who often engaged in wild fights while the audience cheered on.
It was confirmed by a family representative that Jerry had been battling an ailment but ultimately passed away at his home in the Chicago region peacefully on Thursday morning. Sources suggest that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months ago and took a turn for the worse this week.
Before his career in television, Jerry was a political figure who, in 1970, had a failed bid for the US Congress and was elected to the City Council of Cincinnati in 1971, subsequently becoming the city’s mayor in 1977, serving for one term. However, his TV show, which debuted in 1991, made him a global sensation. At the start, Jerry’s show concentrated on political topics, but it eventually shifted its focus to the complete opposite direction, becoming a ratings hit.
Jerry’s show was so successful in the late 1990s that it even surpassed Oprah Winfrey’s program in several cities. The show concluded in 2018, but he made a comeback to TV with his courtroom show, “Judge Jerry,” which aired for three seasons. Jerry’s last television appearance was as “The Beetle” on “The Masked Singer” during the previous season, where he sang a classic Frank Sinatra number.
According to reports, Jerry had to stop working about a month ago due to his worsening cancer. He had been hosting a folk music show on a local radio station in Cincinnati. He is survived by his daughter Katie Springer and his older sister Evelyn.