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'The Jerry Springer Show' Still Alive and Kicking (and Punching) After 20 Years

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Sep 30th 2011 5:45AM
Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!

We all know the meaning of that battle cry, so please don't try to deny it. Twenty years (and 505 episodes) after its launch, 'The Jerry Springer Show' -- voted "#1 Worst Show of All Time" by TV Guide -- is still hitting humanity's basest nerves with its mixture of out-there guests and in-studio violence.

Unlike predecessors 'The Jenny Jones Show' and 'Sally Jesse Raphael,' which fell victim to an off-screen murder and low ratings (respectively), 'Springer' has managed to survive the omnipresence of the internet and a zillion muck-racking reality TV shows.

AOL TV tried to find the answers to the obvious questions -- Is the show for real? How has it lasted? What's Springer like when he's "off"? And how long is he planning on hosting this show? -- by attending the taping of an episode. We share what we found out, after the jump.

Apparently, This Show Is for Real
So, this is the ultimate question -- are the incessant fights, ridiculous arguments and outrageous guests for real? Springer himself says they are. "We have so many lawyers involved with this show, it can't not be real." That's not to say that fighting isn't encouraged (it is), and guests aren't pre-screened (they are). Basically 'Springer' looks for people who want to settle their personal issues on-camera. Potential guests of the show with particularly "sappy" stories will be sent to another daytime show.

'Jerry' Live
Filmed in Stamford, Connecticut (in the same studio as 'Maury Povich' and 'The Steve Wilkos Show'), attending a taping of 'The Jerry Springer Show' is an experience. You're shuttled into a waiting area for approximately 30 minutes, but it's anything but boring. They show you some best-of 'Springer' uncensored footage, and it's like watching train wreck upon train wreck. After you're riled up enough and in "the mood," they move you into the studio, where Springer himself warms you up further with some groan-worthy stand-up ("I have a very big... wallet"). A few things to note if you do decide to attend a taping: your throat will hurt afterwards (yelling, laughing), you will probably be on TV and it's pretty much a guarantee you'll see some nudity.

The Longevity of Jerry Springer
Springer made some calculations: he estimates he's had about 40,000 guests over his show's 20-year lifespan. "That's a lot of dysfunction!" he exclaims. And he doesn't see it slowing down any time soon, though his daytime contract does expire in 2014. "I told the producers I'll quit hosting when I turn 114."

It's hard to believe, but there are 510 episodes of 'Springer.' The "formula" of outrageous topics and uber-violent guests in the show's heyday (the late '90s) helped him beat 'Oprah Winfrey' in national ratings. Numbers have fallen since then, though, with his show averaging a little more than 2 million viewers last year.

The Weirder the Better
Things don't ever seem to calm down on 'Springer.' The stuff we see in current-era 'Springer' (mostly relationship- and affair-related) is actually rather tame compared to the early-era themes. The most outrageous things ever shown on 'Springer'? The blind man that married a horse, midget twin sister lesbians, the man who cheated with over 55 women and the infamous "Threesomes With Grandma" episode.

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Does anyone know what happened to the Reverand? and also the young man that walked around on his hands as he had no legs?

December 07 2011 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I CAN'T STAND the Jerry Springer Show......, , BUT....., as a Professional Performer, I have the utmost respect for him. He's a VERY RARE BREED!!!!donllivi

September 30 2011 at 1:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to donllivisolo's comment

why the hell u posting then. if u cant stand him why u lookin him up.dumb f--k

October 03 2011 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SCUMBAG. Springer and the low life trash on his show are the very proof that this country has gradually sank into the toilet and continously declines to the sewer every year. Rome lasted three thousand years. America wont last three hundred and I'm starting at 1776.

September 30 2011 at 12:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to michael's comment

well one good thing it will be here long after your sorry #&%# is gone .... GOD BLESS AMERICA MY HOME SWEET HOME

September 30 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yup thats why hes there and your at home prob broke.

October 03 2011 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

come on give the guy a break , he's been on for twenty years ,this has to tell you something. Don't like the show ,then turn the channel. I watch it once in awhile ,is a something different for sure . I think bashing something that is succeeding ,just shows what you really don't know.

September 30 2011 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Don't watch it in the "past", "present", and in the "further".....Don't watch this "garbage of sh*t" show !!, that was made for "low-life retards".....Don't watch "Jerry" that typical "coward, whiney, - - -".....

September 30 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't care for the show, but it's true that sometimes it's just like a trainwreck....you just can't help yourself because it's so absurd. I've always thought that it was staged/faked, myself. A few years ago, my son got to meet Jerry when he (my son!) was reading meters. He stopped at our local McDonald's (Jerry said he was on the campaign trail...personally, I think he was trolling for new material in our very rural country town...) and my son just happened to be in there reading the meter. Jerry was very friendly and talked to him about what he was doing, etc...........I've thought that he seems like he would be a very nice man in "real life". I just wish that he'd stop the "Jerry beads" nonsense, it's even more stupid (IMO) than what goes on with the guests.

September 30 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i saw a guy from my neighborhood on there with his tranny "girl"friend; they were pretending like he was just finding out his girl was a boy. it's basically phony.

September 30 2011 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show still on TV just goes to show how stupid we are

September 30 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt Dougherty

Show us your **** ! Next they'll be hollering show us your BUSH ! LOL

September 30 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad to see that AOL is sinking down to this dame level by thinking this is news-worthy and putting this garbage on here!!


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