Jerry Springer, longtime talk show host, dies at 79

Longtime talk show host Jerry Springer passed away at his suburban Chicago residence on Thursday at the age of 79.

He is irreplaceable, and his loss is excruciatingly painful, but memories of his intelligence, heart, and wit will endure."

Gerald Norman Springer, whose actual name is Gerald Norman Springer, was born in London on February 13, 1944

When Springer was only a few years old, his family relocated to the New York City neighborhood of Queens.

He earned a law degree from Northwestern University after studying political science at Tulane University.

In 1970, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress, but the following year he was elected to the Cincinnati City Council, from which he resigned three years later.

In 1975, he regained his membership on the city council, and in 1977, he became the mayor of Cincinnati for one year.

Springer hosted the second and third seasons of "America's Got Talent" and his own syndicated courtroom program, "Judge Jerry," which ran for three seasons before being canceled in early 2022.

In addition, he competed in season 3 of "Dancing with the Stars" in 2006 and season 8 of "The Masked Singer" just a year ago.

From 1973 until their divorce in 1994, Micki Velton was Springer's wife. Katie was the only child shared by the former couple.