By now, you’re probably aware that one of the most infamous Veterans, Jerry Springer, has sadly passed away. But besides serving his country, Army Veteran Springer was also a daytime talk show host on television and a celebrity in certain circles. His eponymous work, known as The Jerry Springer Show, was known to bring people together in a way that was unique and focused on conflict resolution as well as exploring alternative lifestyles and even niche sports. Sure, you know him for changing reality TV forever, but get to know him for his military service and civil service, too.
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Is the Jerry Springer Show Real?
If you’ve never seen The Jerry Springer Show, you might not be completely familiar with the concept, but rest assured, the issues displayed were real. Well, at least mostly real according to those that worked on the show.
Throughout the years there have been many viewers left wondering if the show delivered actual drama and real-life situations. While there are obviously some liberties taken for the sake of television and the possibility of people simply lying, the show was real.
Despite whatever outlandish topics an episode might explore, even if exaggerated for effect, according to the man himself, staff, and bodyguards that have worked on the show, Springer said the show was “98% real.”
This means that all of those iconic “Jerry” chants among other unique responses were justified at what some may feel is an alarming rate. But while Springer was known as a peacemaker between parties, there is a reason for that. His past showcased a natural talent for mediating.
Is Jerry Springer a Real Judge?
While he never served as a judge in a court of law, Judge Jerry ran for three seasons and 366 episodes. Though only for television, this role suited the man well as the Veteran was also a lawyer with both a legislative and political career.
This would include being a campaign adviser to Robert F. Kennedy, earning a law degree from Northwestern University, becoming a partner at a law firm for over a decade, and running the successful Jerry Springer mayor campaign, where he would become the 56th Mayor of Cincinnati.
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There were other political endeavors, but not all of them were successful. Regardless, the host of The Jerry Springer Show was well-versed in law and politics. During his campaigning, he would also become experienced in military life as he answered Uncle Sam’s call.
Serving His Country
We all know that Springer was a Soldier serving in the Army Reserves, but this came right as his campaign was underway. It was a tricky position because of the danger of losing due to being called to serve, but Jerry never shied away.
There is ample evidence, even if it never panned out, that Springer had more ambitions in the political realm. This is evidenced by his attempts to become a part of the U.S. House of Representatives and Ohio’s Governor.
Nevertheless, Springer reported to Fort Knox, Kentucky, serving four months before returning to campaign throughout Cincinnati due to being discharged. Say what you will, but this is more military service than many others underwent who have held similar if not higher political office.
How Old is Jerry Springer?
Reservist Springer turned 79 before passing away on April 27, 2023, from pancreatic cancer in Chicago. In all seriousness, his legacy is cemented in the history of our nation in more than one way. This includes his work as a politician and his brief stint of service.
Earlier renditions of his show were a far cry from what it became. But ratings are what keep the lights on and evolve it did. However, discussions about real political and social issues are what would actually birth the series that made him a legend.
The ringleader of The Jerry Springer Show may have expressed remorse over his show, but it’s undeniable that it changed reality television forever. Another thing is for sure; his life was one with many twists and turns and always dynamic and provoking, no matter the endeavor.
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