Jerry Springer, 79
Jerry Springer will go down as one of the most controversial talk show hosts of all time.
Thanks to his show, “Jerry Springer,” he was a fixture on daytime TV in the late 1990s as his show featured people who didn’t like each other — sometimes it was domestic reasons, sometimes it was friends at odds — leading to physical altercations right on stage.
Starting out his career in politics, he was the mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978, by the 1990s he moved to entertainment as the show “Jerry Springer” launched in 1991 (it ran for 27 seasons). By the time the decade was over the show was a sensation and was even beating “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the ratings thanks to it taboo topics, outlandish guests, and the audience’s love for Springer, as they would often chant during the show: “Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!”
Springer died on April 27 peacefully in his home in suburban Chicago.