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Jerry Springer is an American talk show host, best known for his tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. He is also a former mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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It also featured high-profile guests such as Jesse Jackson and Oliver North. To improve the ratings, the network brought in a new producer for the 1994 season, and the show began targeting a younger audience. Shortly thereafter, the show moved filming to Chicago, prompting Springer to leave Cincinnati. The new version of Springer's talk show garnered huge ratings,
and lots of attention. By 1998—the same year that Barbara Walters named Springer one of the world's "10 Most Fascinating People"—The Jerry Springer Show was reaching more than 6.7 million viewers, and had become an inspiration for dozens of imitators, including the award-winning British musical, Jerry Springer: The Opera in 2003.
In 2007, NBC-Universal announced it would carry The Jerry Springer Show through its 2010 season. The show was renewed again in the fall of 2010, picked up by NBC-Universal through the 2013-14 season. The year 2012 marked Springer's 22nd season.
In addition to his success in the TV talk-show circuit, Springer became a morning radio talk-show host. His progressive Springer On The Radio show hit the airwaves on January 17, 2005. Broadcast in 85 markets, including many Air America affiliates, the show would last for two years.
In 2006, Springer showcased his dancing ability as a contestant on the program Dancing With The Stars, finishing in the top five. In 2009, Springer traveled to London to star in the role of Billy Flynn in the West End production of the play Chicago. His performance earned him critical acclaim, and landed him a reprisal of the role on Broadway in August of 2009. Additionally, he starred for a week in a production of the Rocky Horror Show Live.
A man of diverse talents, Springer stepped into the studio to record a country music CD; written his memoirs in the book Ringmaster (1998); and has had his own late-night variety show in both England and South Africa. He also hosted NBC's hit series America's Got Talent for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and hosted the live show on the Las Vegas strip. Additionally, he twice served as the master of ceremonies for the Miss World Pageant and, in the summer of 2008, hosted the Miss Universe Pageant.
In 2006, Springer garnered new media attention, this time for his footwork, when he performed as a contestant on season 3 of the hit series Dancing with the Stars.
Today, because of his lasting popularity, Springer is a favorite guest speaker at college campuses throughout the United States. He has also graced the cover of Rolling Stone, Esquire and New York Magazine throughout his career.
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