Jerry Springer joked about dying just months before his tragic death

Jerry Springer joked about dying just months before his tragic death

April 27, 2023

Jerry Springer dies aged 79

Jerry Springer joked about death just months before he tragically passed away aged 79 after his health “took a turn for the worst”.

His family confirmed earlier today (April 27) that he died inside his home in Chicago, USA, after a short cancer battle.

Family spokesman Jene Galvin 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 humour will live on.”

Speaking of his infamous programme The Jerry Springer Show back in November last year, Jerry discussed its impact on society.

After being asked if he was the “granddad of reality TV”, he told David Yontef’s Behind the Velvet Rope podcast: “No, I just apologise.

“I’m so sorry. What have I done? I’ve ruined the culture.”

While laughing, he joked: “I just hope hell isn’t that hot because I burn real easy. I’m very light-complected, and that kind of worries me.

“I’m just a schlub who got lucky.”

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The Jerry Springer Show ran from 1991 until 2018 in the US.

It ended after more than 4,000 episodes, with some of its last having titles such as “Stripper Sex Turned Me Straight,” “Stop Pimpin’ My Twin Sister,” and “Hooking Up With My Therapist.”

In a Too Hot For TV video released as his daily show neared 7 million viewers in the late 1990s, Springer offered a defence against disgust.

“Look, television does not and must not create values, it’s merely a picture of all that’s out there — the good, the bad, the ugly,” Springer said.

He added: “Believe this: The politicians and companies that seek to control what each of us may watch are a far greater danger to America and our treasured freedom than any of our guests ever were or could be.”

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