American talk show host Jerry Springer has passed away at the age of 79, according to several American media.
He died in Chicago after a “brief illness,” according to TMZ, citing a family source.
Other sources told the site that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed a few months ago.
“The Jerry Springer Show”
It is noteworthy that Jerry Springer was a lawyer and politician, and he also assumed the position of mayor of Cincinnati in the northeastern state of Ohio for a year, in 1977.
His program, “The Jerry Springer Show,” began in September 1991, then was suspended after 27 years, but at this time it turned into a symbol of downward programs, according to AFP.
At first, it was a classic talk show that focused on social issues and American political life.
Change the tone of his program
But several years later, the son of German Jewish immigrants radically changed the tone of his show, turning to thrill-seeking at all costs in order to attract an audience.
In most episodes, the guests would come to talk about their marital or family problems, or even to expose marital infidelities and deceit. Under the direction of Jerry Springer, the debate regularly ended in conflicts, with security guards sometimes interfering and separating the opposing people.
And at the end of the nineties, the program received the best rating from the audience, ahead of the Oprah Winfrey talk show.