< /p> American TV presenter Jerry Springer in a picture taken on August 6, 2003.
Chicago – American TV presenter Jerry Springer, known for his controversial shows full of vulgarities and fights, has died. The presenter was 79 years old.
A trained lawyer and the son of Jewish immigrants, he became the mayor of the city of Cincinnati in the state of Ohio in the north-east of the USA in 1977, then decided to work in television. His first talk shows about current events were moderate, later, with the prospect of higher viewership, he radically changed his style and the content of the shows. The most common themes of The Jerry Springer Show were extreme interpersonal relationships. At the end of the 1990s, the viewership of his show surpassed all others, including Oprah Winfrey's show, writes AFP.
Springer called his show “escapist entertainment”, while others saw it as a contribution to the decline of American social values, writes the AP agency. Invited guests in the studio spoke openly about infidelity, intimate problems or sexual deviations in front of the audience. People in the audience had free space for often violent reactions, and security had to be present during the broadcast.
Jerry Springer was born on February 13, 1944 in London to Jewish parents who fled to Britain from what is now Poland before the Nazis. His grandmother perished in Terezín. In 1949 the family went to the USA. Springer studied law and political science and was a member of the team of Senator Robert Kennedy, after his assassination in 1968 he started working in Cincinnati in a law firm and later went into politics in that city.
The first episode of his famous show appeared on television screens in September 1991. The controversial and at the same time successful talk show was broadcast in the USA until 2018, with a total of 4,000 episodes. She appeared in the Czech Republic years ago on Nova TV.
Springer died peacefully, after a short illness, the American media reported. According to some sources, doctors diagnosed him with pancreatic cancer last year.