The legendary talk show host Jerry Springer passed away at the age of 79 on Thursday, in suburban Chicago. He is also known as the former mayor of Cincinnati but is largely known as the host for his popular talk show, “The Jerry Springer Show” which set new standards in the mid-1990s for tawdriness on American television. Jene Galvin, a family friend and executive producer at Jerry’s podcast broke the heartbreaking news on the internet. The reason behind his demise is, reportedly, pancreatic cancer, which was revealed to only a handful of people as Jerry did not want to become “a burden” to those who cared about him.
Now, several of the Hollywood celebrities have flooded the social media pouring in the tribute for their beloved TV personality. His friends and his former colleagues have been sharing some very emotional memories ever since the heartbreaking news emerged.
Comedian Loni Love shared an adorable picture with Jerry and shared the one thing that she loved about the host. She tweeted that he “connected with people in a unique and authentic manner,” which also served him well as a talk show. Internet personality and rapper KSI shared his tribute by thanking him for making his “off days at school so much more entertaining.”
Fellow broadcaster and journalist Piers Morgan termed Jerry as an “intelligent, warm, funny man.” The former colleague on America’s Got Talent shared that he cherishes every memory of the late host which also includes the arguments they both had, as Jerry loved politics. Check out his tweet here. Another American TV personality Mike Sorrentino also tweeted as tribute to Jerry with a praying emoji.
Iranian-American wrestler The Iron Sheikh shared a video on his Twitter handle in memory of the late host. Along with the short clip, he wrote, “THIS VIDEO REMIND ME THAT YOU WERE THE LEGEND OF THE EARTH LIKE THE IRON SHEIK. GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER.”
Another priceless memory was shared by Megyn Kelly. The journalist took to her Twitter handle to share that Jerry was among the early personalities to show up on her show shortly after their launch, wherein he shared some fascinating life stories and his deep love for America.
Jerry’s talk show The Jerry Springer Show aired in 1991 and went on to become American’s guilty pleasure for wild and raucous TV moments for 27 years, before it was brought off-air in 2018. Post concluding his talk show, the comedian created his own courtroom series, Judge Jerry, which had a good run of three seasons.
Steve Wilkos, who served as a director of security on The Jerry Springer Show, in an interview with Us Weekly, remembered his time with the star. He mentioned that Jerry was like a father figure to him and he was very much influenced by him and whatever he owns today is owed to Jerry. He further added that both he and his wife are devastated ever since they learnt about the news and will terribly miss ‘the smartest, generous, and kindest person’ he has ever known.