‘Jerry Springer’ Future Uncertain as Production Halts After 27 Years – The Hollywood Reporter, 2018/06/14
The Jerry Springer Show, the tabloid talker that all but defined “guilty pleasure” at its peak in late 1990s, is currently in limbo, with no new episodes planned for the foreseeable future.
A starring vehicle for the former politician and one-time mayor of Cincinnati, Springer’s show premiered in 1991 as a serious-minded talker with a focus on issues and politics. By its second year, after a move to Chicago, the subject matter and bookings quickly turned to the salacious to boost ratings. Guests admitted to adultery and incest, revealed pregnancies and threw chairs at one another. It was often too outlandish to believe.
And the more Springer leaned into the absurd, the more popular he became. Chants of “Jer-ry, Jer-ry!” would begin whenever he took the stage. Springer played himself in more than a dozen film and TV projects, shilled a nudity-filled spinoff (Too Hot for TV) on VHS and starred in a feature film parody (Ringmaster). The show’s popularity seemed to reach its apex in 1998 when Springer briefly topped Oprah Winfrey’s ratings with a daily audience of nearly 10 million viewers.
Other than finding the article, I probably would not have noticed its departure.