Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY Published 11:55 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019 CLOSE "Know this: There's never been a moment in the 25 years of doing this show th
Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
Published 11:55 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019
“Know this: There’s never been a moment in the 25 years of doing this show that I ever thought I was better than the people who appear on our stage. I’m not better. Only luckier,” Springer says.
Jerry Springer is annoyed with President Donald Trump.
The “Judge Jerry” host, 75, said the Twitter name-calling and tabloid-like news of Trump’s administration were influenced by his long-running talk show, “The Jerry Springer Show.”
“The thing that annoys me about Trump is that he took my show and brought it to the White House,” Springer said Monday during an interview with Build Series. “I’m annoyed. I should get paid for that, shouldn’t I? Hey, get your own show!”
He continued: “We get what we voted for, or didn’t vote for because we didn’t show up. And that’s true of the White House and it’s true about entertainment shows. It’s why what we call reality television is so prominent.”
Springer – who dabbled in politics himself after unsuccessfully running for Congress in 1970 and serving as mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978 – added that he would “vote for a ham sandwich” over Trump. “And I don’t eat pork,” he joked.
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Springer hosted the wildly popular and often controversial “Jerry Springer Show” from 1991 to 2018, a staple in tabloid television that paved the way for today’s reality shows.
Although the raunchy talk show was often looked down upon and viewed negatively, Springer says the chaotic behavior featured on his show is nothing new.
“The culture has not changed, the behavior is the same,” he said. “A thousand years ago people gathered in the marketplace, in the town square, and they would all chat about what their neighbors were doing, who did what, what the gossip is, what the scandal is. Everything that has ever been on my show is already in the Bible, is already in Shakespeare, is already in great literature. Everything.”
He continued: “What has changed in the last 50, 60, 70 years is technology. … With technology, the neighborhood has become the planet Earth. So we talk more about what the Kardashians are doing than the people who live at the end block. … The behavior hasn’t changed. It’s just that we’re announcing it to the world.”
However, the “very liberal” host said the spotlight on Trump could lead to his downfall.
“From a pure political point of view, I think we have to be a little careful,” Springer said. “I think as long as Trump is the issue, the Democrats can win. But if we pick a candidate who all of a sudden takes the spotlight off of Trump and ‘is this person too far left?’ and suddenly the debate moves in that direction, then I think we could lose the election again.”
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