Doubt cast over The Jerry Springer Show’s future as production halts after 27 years
Friday - 15/06/2018 10:42
LET’S face it, we’ve all yelled “Jer-ry, Jer-ry, Jer-ry” at the TV at least once. But that may be coming to an end, with news The Jerry Springer Show is facing the axe.
WE’VE all screamed “Jer-ry, Jer-ry, Jer-ry!” at our TV screens at least once in our lives.
The Jerry Springer Show is the incredibly lowbrow yet iconic show that’s thrown up such topics as “My boyfriend turned out to be a girl”, “Gay cousins in love” and “I’m sleeping with my brother” — but after 27 years, it may be finishing for good.
The show, hosted by Jerry Springer, made its debut in September 1991 and has since aired nearly 4000 episodes.
Springer, a one-time politician and former mayor, has played himself in countless films and other TV shows, and at its peak in 1998, Jerry Springer even managed to briefly overtake The Oprah Winfrey Show with a daily audience of nearly 10 million viewers.
In honour of its impressive run, here’s a roundup of the show’s most shocking moments.
‘I’M HAPPY I CUT OFF MY LEGS’
This guest began wearing women’s clothes at the age of 12 and became a transsexual at 35.
But Jerry explained that’s not the ‘strange’ part — at age 14 she decided she didn’t want her legs anymore, and a year prior to the airing of the episode, she took a chainsaw to them.
This guy sure knows how to make an entrance.
After sl*t-dropping and pole dancing his way on to the stage, afro-haired Judah then broke into a rendition of ‘Naked Peek-a-Boo’, changing the lyrics to propose to his boyfriend — his “best friend in the whole world” — plucking a ring from his crotch.
After a stunned silence, his fella — Johnny — replied: “I can’t believe you did this for me. Yes, yes of course.”
The couple then locked lips to cheers — and grimaces — from the audience.
‘I CAN’T HAVE KIDS — I’M A MAN’
One guest got the shock of his life when his girlfriend revealed she couldn’t have children — because she was born a bloke.
Having walked off the stage stunned, Jerry asked him: “You had no idea?”
He replied: “Jerry look at her, she’s very beautiful, she got breasts, I felt them, they felt all real, she don’t have no shape like a man, she’s shaped just like a woman, I didn’t know any better.”
You gotta feel for the guy.
‘MY MAN SLEPT WITH A STRIPPER’
A guest was physically sick offstage after discovering her fella, Danny, had cheated with a stripper.
Defending herself, the stripper said she didn’t care what her client did with his girlfriend, as this was just the way she made a living.
After the studio audience chant ‘wh**e’, the stripper flashes her boobs and swings around the pole to prove “how much of a wh**e” she is. Charming.
Devastated Courtney then appears on the stage and tries to lamp her love rival, before Danny tries to reason with her that he wants to be with her, and just have sex with the stripper. Sounds like a keeper.
‘I’M F***ING THE GIRL NEXT DOOR’
This is possibly one of the most explosive Jerry Springer fights of all time.
After wife Jessica hears her husband has been having sex with the girl next door, she storms on the stage and launches an assault on her cheating fella.
It all gets pretty messy, with Jessica losing a shoe, falling over and ripping off her bloke’s shirt.
Once the offending neighbour appears onstage, the girls go at each other like cat and dog.
Things take a shocking turn when the girl next door grabs Jessica’s hubby and snogs him passionately, while Jessica helplessly fights with the security guards. Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.
Cue lots of ‘Jer-ry, Jer-ry, Jer-ry!’
‘MY COUSIN’S GIRLFRIEND TOOK MY VIRGINITY’
This is heartbreaking and weird in equal measure.
A guest — Jason — explains he is on the show with a giant teddy bear to give it to his cousin’s girlfriend Donna — after she took his virginity.
He told how he had a one-night stand with her after she and his cousin Matt had a row.
He said: “Next thing I knew, she started showing me how to … do it.”
Suffice to say Matt, who was watching backstage, was not best pleased.