The entertainment world mourns the loss of Jerry Springer, the former politician and presenter who rose to fame through his controversial and sensationalist talk show. Springer passed away at the age of 79 at his home in Chicago after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, according to a statement from his family spokesperson, Jene Galvin.
For 27 years, The Jerry Springer Show captivated audiences with its parade of guests engaging in heated arguments and physical altercations, while the studio audience cheered them on.
Despite the show’s controversial nature, Springer’s ability to connect with people was undeniable, and he was successful in a variety of endeavors, including politics and broadcasting.
In the wake of his passing, WWE issued a statement on their official website, paying tribute to Springer for his contributions to their organization.
While it may seem like an unlikely connection, Springer did make several appearances on WWE programming over the years, including a memorable segment in which he officiated a wedding between two wrestlers.
“Jerry Springer was a pop culture icon who pioneered a genre of television that captivated millions of viewers around the world,” WWE’s statement reads. “He brought a unique and entertaining perspective to WWE during his appearances, and his contributions to our industry will be remembered.”
WWE is saddened to learn that Jerry Springer has passed away.
A former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, Springer launched his iconic television career for the city’s NBC affiliate before debuting his legendary talk show “Jerry Springer” in 1991. His show captured the zeitgeist of the late ’90s to early 2000’s, bringing him world-wide success and renown. Chants of “Jerry! Jerry!” followed the magnetic host wherever he went, including multiple appearances with WWE.
In WWE, Springer was a guest host of Raw in 2010 and played a part in a hostile rivalry between WWE Hall of Famers Brie and Nikki Bella, attempting to mediate the conflict between the two on an episode of Raw in 2014.
Springer would also lend his talents to WWE in 2015 as the host of the WWE Network series “WWE Too Hot for TV.”
In 2019, after many successful seasons of “Jerry Springer,” Springer became the host of “Judge Jerry,” using his past legal experience to preside over court cases.
WWE extends its condolences to Springer’s family, friends, and fans
Springer’s impact on popular culture cannot be overstated, and his legacy will undoubtedly live on through the many people whose lives he touched throughout his career. While he may have been a controversial figure at times, there is no denying that his ability to connect with people was a rare gift that will be sorely missed.