After 27 seasons and 4,000 episodes, the long-running daytime staple is finally dunzo. According to the Associated Press, NBC Universal quietly made the decision to shut down production. It’s a bit ironic that the show famous for crazy antics including paternity tests, chair-throwing and salacious topics is going quietly in the wind.
The Jerry Springer Show first premiered in 1991 and has aired in syndication ever since. Before it became guilty pleasure viewing, the 74-year-old former Cincinnati mayor first tackled politics and serious issues on the show. Obviously, the ratings weren’t there. Eventually, it followed the Ricki Lake formula and the rest is history.
Even though production has shut down, the producers told the AP that “there is a possibility” of more originals in the future. To get your fill until that happens, reruns will still air for the foreseeable future. Honestly, unless you’re a hardcore fan, I think most viewers won’t be able to tell if the episode is a new one or one that aired last year, two years ago or even five.
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