The Jerry Springer Show stops production after 27 years

Has the reality show has its Final Thought?

THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW -- Season 25 -- Pictured: Jerry Springer, 25th Season Spectacular  -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

From the man who married a horse, to ‘Kung Fu Hillbilly’ and canned-food fetishist ‘Spam-Man’, The Jerry Springer Show has gifted us some, urm, memorable moments over the last 27 years.

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However, the reality show is now in TV limbo, with no future episodes in production. Although not formally cancelled, the next season of the show – to be broadcast on US network CW – will only consist of re-runs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. CW still has rights to the show for several years, but has not yet made a statement about Springer’s future.

Previously the mayor of Cincinnati in Ohio, Springer became a TV star when his ‘talk tabloid’ show debuted in 1991. The programme soon attracted outlandish guests, regular paternity tests, a fight between the KKK and the Jewish Defence League, incestuous storylines and many many shouts of “Jer-ry!”.

More than 3,800 episodes have aired, each ending with Springer’s own “Final Thought” segment on the chaos that preceded.

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In 2002, the show was parodied by Richard Thomas and comedian Stewart Lee in Jerry Springer: The Opera, a musical which attracted 55,000 complaints when it aired on BBC2.


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