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Wednesday's Connector: Jerry Springer

April 14th, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Known for his outrageous chat show that covered both the weird and bizarre, you may be surprised to learn that Jerry Springer began his life in the limelight as the mayor of Cincinnati.

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Born in 1944 in London, England, Springer was drawn early to politics after seeing John F Kennedy on television during his address to the democratic convention.

Years later, Springer joined the political campaign of Robert F Kennedy before his unfortunate assassination in 1968.

After taking an unsuccessful run for Congress, Springer was elected mayor to the city of Cincinnati in 1977 and served for one year.

But it is Springer's role on his former chat show called "The Jerry Springer" show that he is known by. With chants from the audience that call out "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry" and constant on-air fights from his guests, the show became an instant cult classic.

Today, Springer is promoting his new dating game show called "Baggage" which debuts on April 19.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Gerald Norman (Jerry) Springer and CNN friends,

    What has triggered you to create your latest dating game show called "Baggage"? How is there hope for dating people if people like Eldrick (Tiger) Woods and Elin Nordegren and other couples have a lot of marriage and divorce problems?

    What is your opinion on the current sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church?

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo, Suriname

    April 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm |
  2. Martin Lewison

    Dear Jerry-

    You came up in a conversation today so I consider your CNN.com appearance serendipitous.

    Any chances of you getting back either into politics or serious media work? I heard that you tested the winds for a possible campaign; did anything ever come of that?

    And why did you leave your career in the news media? Would you like to get back to serious journalism?

    I think everyone knows that you're a very bright guy and I know you have an important political and social message for America. Why not get out there and re-introduce yourself?

    Kind regards,

    Martin Lewison
    The Hague, The Netherlands

    April 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  3. Njideka

    How is it easy to do follow up questions as a presenter? I just wonder how guys do it. As an aspiring broadcaster, I feel when I get there, one day I might just flop.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  4. Nelly agwu

    Jerry goodluck in this new venture. I want to know if this dating show called baggage will not once more show people boxing each other.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm |