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Jerry Springer discusses his show, race, censorship and politics at Wayne State University

AmericaJR.com - Detroit, MI, USA - On Wednesday, talk show host Jerry Springer brought his college tour to Detroit and spoke to students at Wayne State University. He showed clips from his daytime talk show, discussed them and took questions from the audience. Springer also added some political commentary at the end. He stayed later to sign autographs and meet students at the university.

Springer, 64, is the current host of the popular Jerry Springer Show, which is aired at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays on WMYD-TV, Channel 20 in Detroit. He is also the host of America's Got Talent, a reality-competition program which will air this summer beginning in July on WDIV-TV, Channel 4.

"In the beginning, the show started out as a relatively boring show," said Springer. "I'm sorry about the way I look but it didn't get any better as the years went on. Times have changed. Now on our show everyone goes through a metal detector. Now we're known for the fights. Now people come on the show to fight. I think if you took those guests and put them on Oprah, they would sit there very politely."

At a taping of the talk show, he doesn't know what the episode will be about. It is all kept secret until the minute it begins. Springer has a card that tells him the names of the guests but he doesn't know why they are on the show. He starts every segment with: "What's going on?"

"My job is to ask questions you would be asking at home," he said. "I don't know what the story is. Ninety percent of the issues we do aren't serious. It's about dating. Yep, you aren't happy at the moment but the next day you're dating someone else."

One episode that was controversial featured a man who married a horse. "It was wrong," Springer said. "Again, this is a story you think, wait a second, that's made up. He lived outside of St. Louis about 50 miles. When you went to his home, his hallways were extra wide so his horse could navigate up and down the hallways. He literally lived with his horse. We did a follow-up show and the horse left him. Those horses are so judgmental.

"This really was in the 17 years the sickest show. In fact, lots of [television] markets wouldn't run it. I can't tell you that I blame them. Each market makes it own decision. But again, I show up and there's the show. We're not allowed to have censorship and I wouldn't want to be a part of a show that had censorship. As long as it's real and it's outrageous it's entitled to be on."

Springer had to defend his show when Congress came after it. He believes the show deserves to be aired.

"I would never tell people you are to watch the show," he said. "If you like it, great. If I were in college, obviously I would watch it. It's not aimed at your grandparents. In college, it's the one hour escape from studying. It's fun. It's a hoot. I understand that and that's all it's put on for. I did go before city councils and the government to argue against it's being censored. I believe the arguments against shows like this are purely elitist.

"We call these shows trash. We call the guests trash. About 13 years ago, Princess Di was on international television. It was a British host who interviewed her for an hour with no commercials. It was shown throughout the world. In that interview, Princess Di talked about cheating in her marriage, having bulimia, talked about contemplating suicide. All these issues, not the suicide, are on everyday talk shows. And not one person said, how dare Princess Di go on international television and talk about that. No one called it trash."
Source : Originally Published AmericaJR.com - Detroit, MI, USA, Mar 24, 2008
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Categories : TV Actors, America's Got Talent, TV Hosts, Talk Show Hosts, TV Personalities, Celebrity News
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