Listen i have seen many lowwer rung echelant sub par human beings .......who were enticed into the human 3 ringed circus ....paid .....and flew into .....for your entertainment ....it was good entertainment to watch ......idiots .......and fools perform for such a pittance .....but jerry did okay .....and that's all that matters as he was the ring master ....of the human puppet show .......i mean 99% of the show was absolute garbage and not believable .....but there was always an audience and always girls wanting to show their cans/lights/tits/hounds/sisters/girls........for beads probably made in a chinese sweatshop by little kids for cents ......but people in america do not give thoughts to those who struggle to live in poverty especially children ......but as long as we can got those coveted beads for a very small titty show .......nice huh ......that's human beings where our priorities override humanity ....... yes jerry feels bad and hopes hell is not that hot .....but he has done okay ......i am sure he feels bad as he sits in his rolls royce and live in his mansion.......you will be fine ........as long as there is a chance for human beings to get that 15 minutes of fame ......there will be a never ending line of human beings seeking fame and fortune ......
Legendary TV personality Jerry Springer doesn’t consider himself the grand daddy of reality TV, he’s just sorry for ruining the culture. On Nov. 8, the former Jerry Springer host sat down with David Yontef's Behind the Velvet Rope podcast to talk about his career beginnings and the legacy of reality TV he left behind.
"I’m just a schlub who got lucky," the 78 year old explained. "There was never a thought in my mind, growing up, that I’d be in show business. I started out being a lawyer and working for Bobby Kennedy. My background is political and legal."
Springer would go on to serve as the Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978, after which he was offered a job for the NBC affiliate in his city.
"That was kind of a rational transition," Springer admitted. "You go from politics to reporting to news to anchoring."
Springer hosted Jerry Springer for 27 years. The hit daytime series began in 1991 and ran for 27 seasons. He said that how the show happened was nothing more than "pure luck."
"The company that owned the station where I did the news, owned talked shows. They owned Phil Donahue and Sally Jessy Raphae," he said. "Well Phil was retiring, and so the [station] CEO took me to lunch one day and said, 'Phil is retiring, we’re starting a new talk show, you’re the host.' So I was assigned to it as an employee and then all of a sudden the show took off.”
Yontef asked Springer if he considers himself "the grand daddy of reality TV," sharing that the wide breadth of material he covered, such as the outcome of paternity tests as well as relationship drama, set the stage for modern day reality TV. Springer, however, said he felt guilty for his role in perpetuating toxicity on TV.
"I just apologize. I’m so sorry," he said. "What have I done? I’ve ruined the culture. I just hope hell isn’t that hot."
When asked whether he was "shocked" by what reality TV has become, the Masked Singer contestant responded that he was not.
"It’s just the democratization of our whole culture," h said. "In other words, democracy is always this big thing and now with technology, it has gone into the area of entertainment. It used to be — for thousands of years – you would have someone on the stage, someone in the arena, someone on the screen — and the audience would sit and watch, observe. But now with technology, the audience has become the entertainer."
“It’s not just a few people sitting in Hollywood and New York deciding who our stars are going to be, the people vote for who it’s going to be and that’s reality television.”
Springer has been hosting The Jerry Springer Podcast since 2015.