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A day in the life of.. Talk-show host Jerry Springer.

Controversial talk show host Jerry, 54, was born in 1944 during an air raid in London to German-Jewish parents. They'd fled to England in 1939 and emigrated to the US ten years later. Jerry has degrees in political science and law, and lives in Chicago. He has a daughter, Katie, 22, from his marriage to Micki Springer springer

a North American term commonly used to describe heifers close to term with their first calf.
. He tells SUE FOX about his typical day...

My day starts when I'm woken by the alarm clock at 7am. I'm a human being - I shower, shave shave (shav)
1. to cut at or parallel to the surface of the skin.

2. to remove the beard or other body hair by such a process.

3. to cut thin slices from or to cut into thin slices.
, brush my teeth and put deodorant deodorant /de·odor·ant/ (de-o´der-int)
1. masking offensive odors.

2. an agent that so acts.

 under my armpits. I might have coffee or breakfast.

One thing I never reveal is if I still have a wife, but I do have a daughter, Katie. When she was born, the doctors told us, "She has no holes at the back of her nose. She can't breathe if she closes her mouth." Three months later they told us, "She's blind, deaf in one ear and partially so in the other."

I'm happy to report Katie sees, hears and talks unceasingly on the phone with her boyfriend. She's preparing for college and for anything she wants to be - a gift to all she meets and the greatest Father's Day gift of all.

When I leave for the NBC NBC
 in full National Broadcasting Co.

Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network.
 studio I take the Armani suits which I wear on the show and change in the office. A driver picks me up. I don't talk in the car - I'm not good on small talk. This morning I was here in the office at 8am. I'll wield wield  
tr.v. wield·ed, wield·ing, wields
1. To handle (a weapon or tool, for example) with skill and ease.

2. To exercise (authority or influence, for example) effectively. See Synonyms at handle.
 my baseball bat and occasionally treat myself to a cigar. I used to play baseball. Now it's golf and tennis. I don't work out, but I have very good genes.

My assistant Joanna brings me coffee and a bagel, and asks me what I want for lunch. We tape two shows, three days a week.

Obviously the Holocaust was the defining moment in my family's life. My grandmothers and uncles were exterminated in the death camps. If we chose to, I guess we could pretend racism no longer exists, that racists are now a footnote Text that appears at the bottom of a page that adds explanation. It is often used to give credit to the source of information. When accumulated and printed at the end of a document, they are called "endnotes."  to history. Critics understandably ask, "Why give these Klan and neo-Nazi-type crazies airtime air·time  
1. The time during which a radio or television station is broadcasting. Also called airspace.

2. The time at which a radio or television program is broadcast.
?" but it's important to expose this cancer in our society every time we spot it.

I was born smart, which is a gift from God, but I don't deserve all the good things which have happened to me. I could have had my parents' life so I never complain, though it doesn't mean to say I don't have bad days.

I learnt about the human condition in real life from five years on Cincinnati's council and then as the city mayor. We dealt with shootings and murders, robberies, rapes and decay. If you want to get upset about things, that's what you get upset about, not people on TV putting someone in a headlock.

The job I have now requires no skill. Anybody could do it. I'm no better than anybody else. I'm just a guy that got lucky.

I live a very normal existence. I read voraciously vo·ra·cious  
1. Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

2. Having or marked by an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; greedy: a voracious reader.
 - this week it's a history of the Supreme Court - and I go to the movies.

Unbelievably I go shopping - just like everybody else, but it's difficult to walk down a street because I happen to have the stupidest show on television.

My other home is where I go when the recordings are over. It's not in Chicago, I don't live in Hollywood and I never hang out with celebrities. I own three cars, fly first-class and get treated embarrassingly em·bar·rass  
tr.v. em·bar·rassed, em·bar·rass·ing, em·bar·rass·es
1. To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert: Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child.

 nicely in restaurants, but my lifestyle today isn't much different to how it's always been. I have the same friends and the same hobbies. What's important are the people in your life who care for you and love you.

I support a number of different causes, but because I'm controversial I don't want to put them in a tough position. My involvement has to be without publicity.

Being Jewish is important to me. It's who I am, but it's hard to go to synagogue synagogue (sĭn`əgŏg) [Gr.,=assembly], in Judaism, a place of assembly for worship, education, and communal affairs. The origins of the institution are unclear. One tradition dates it to the Babylonian exile of the 6th cent. B.C.  as often as I used to. On Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year. Sometimes called the Day of Judgment, Rosh Hashanah falls on Tishri 1 (in September or October) and ushers in a 10-day period of self-examination and penitence that ends with Yom Kippur.
 (the Jewish New Year), the rabbi talked about talk shows. Everyone in the congregation turned to me. I can't get away from who I am publicly, which is why I've guarded my private life so much.

It's healthy that money came to me this late in life, so it hasn't warped me. As kids we always ate, but we lived in rent-controlled apartments. My father drove used cars. For me, money means I buy much more expensive gifts for friends. It's also been wonderful, because it's taken care of a need I have in my private life. I'm not going to tell you what that is.

I don't get to sleep much, but when I do, I'm out. I never remember dreams. As for anyone remembering me, I want my daughter to always know she had a dad who loved her. Other than that, in terms of TV history, I'm a blip on the screen. My hope is that nobody remembers me.

l The Jerry Springer Show, weekdays, ITV (1) See interactive TV.

(2) (iTV) The code name for Apple's video media hub (see Apple TV).
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Fox, Sue
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 13, 1999
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