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Jerry Springer to Become ‘Judge Jerry’

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November 26, 2018
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Talk show host Jerry Springer is going to court—as a judge. In fall 2019, the former lawyer will become “Judge Jerry” with the launch of a syndicated courtroom show from NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

For the past 27 years, Springer has hosted the notorious “Jerry Springer Show,” which ceased production in June.  The new show has already been sold in 75 percent of the United States.

“For the first time in my life, I am going to be called Honorable,” Springer said in a statement. “My career is coming full circle and I finally get to put my law degree to use after all these years.”

Springer, a graduate of Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, practiced law for 15 years in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served on the city council and as mayor. He segued from politics to TV news, and began his eponymous talk show in 1991.

“‘Judge Jerry’ will merge Jerry’s talent for connecting with people, his incredibly relatable and funny personality and his legal training and governing experience to bring viewers a more entertaining court show,” said Tracie Wilson, executive VP of creative affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution. “We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TV icon with a dedicated and broad fan base.”

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