American host Jerry Springer, known for his controversial shows peppered with swear words, vulgarities and physical altercations, died at 79, his family announced on Thursday April 27. Mr. Springer, who also entered politics and served as mayor of Cincinnati, died peacefully in Chicago following “a brief illness,” the statement from his family said. It would be pancreatic cancer, diagnosed a few months ago, other sources told the TMZ site.

“Jerry’s ability to connect with people was central to his success in everything he did, whether it was politics, television, or joking around with people on the street who wanted a picture or a word,” Jene Galvin, family spokeswoman and friend of Mr. Springer since 1970, said in a statement. “He is irreplaceable and his loss is very painful, but the memories of his intelligence, his heart and his humor will live on forever. »

On his Twitter profile, Jerry Springer declared himself “Talk show host, emcee of the end of civilization”. He hosted “The Jerry Springer Show” for twenty-seven years and over 4,000 episodes before the show ended in 2018.

Lawyer and politician, mayor of Cincinnati in the state of Ohio, in the northeastern United States, for a year in 1977, Jerry Springer was on the job, in a relatively polite style. But, after a few years, to improve audiences, this son of German Jewish immigrants had radically changed the tone of his program, switching to the quest for the spectacular at all costs.

In the majority of episodes, guests came to talk about their couple or family problems, to expose adultery, deceit and baseness. Guided by the care of Jerry Springer, the discussion regularly ended in tussles, the protagonists being held back, punctually, by security agents.

By the end of the 1990s, the show had the highest daytime viewership, ahead of “Oprah,” host Oprah Winfrey’s go-to talk show.