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Interview: Jerry Springer - Will murder be the death of Springer?; A woman was killed after being on Jerry's controversial show, but he denies any connection and is confident it won't affect its popularity. By Brian Reade.

Byline: Brian Reade Brian Reade is an award-winning writer who has two weekly opinion columns, one on sport, in the Daily Mirror. He is a left-wing republican with very outspoken views, and has interviewed many well known people, including Mohammed Ali.  

For once, the man who usually oozes effortless self-confidence is firmly on the back foot. I'd mentioned to Jerry Springer the name of the 52-year-old woman who was found murdered hours after she had appeared on his show Secret Mistresses Uncovered, and he was in denial in denial Psychiatry To be in a state of denying the existence or effects of an ego defense mechanism. See Denial. .

Three months ago Nancy Campbell-Panitz was battered to death after appearing with her ex-husband Ralf and his new wife Eleanor - he has since been charged with her murder. Her death has gone down in American folklore as The Jerry Springer Murder, even though the man it's named after denies responsibility to such a degree he does not believe his name even belongs in the same sentence.

"I'm sorry. What are you talking about? Are you talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
lecture, speech

rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to
 me about something that happened after my show went out on air?" says the 56-year-old, who is in Britain to film a Channel 5 late-night chat show, and host this year's Miss World in a deal worth a cool pounds 1m.

I say that I am, and ask if he feels his show was to blame for Nancy's murder, after she appeared in a storyline about a bizarre love triangle A love triangle is a romantic relationship involving three people (known as a triad). While it can refer to two people independently romantically linked with a third, it usually implies that each of the three people has some kind of relationship to the other two. .

"I've been told by the authorities that I can't comment on that," he replies tersely. "But the sheriff said the death had nothing to do with the show, and that's the end of it."

I remind him of his rival Oprah Winfrey's prediction that his show might one day cause a murder, but the man who likes to drag people through the depths of personal agony clearly tires when the tables are turned. I ask if people who contemplate terrible actions will do so whether they appear on his show or not?

"I don't even think it should be in the same sentence," he snaps. Really? "Yes, really. If people shop in Wal-Mart and at some point they commit a crime several months later, do you blame Wal-Mart?"

Following Nancy's murder in July, critics said The Jerry Springer Show was finished. But reports of its death were exaggerated. It is now in its tenth series, past its 2,000th episode, still trouncing all of its daytime rivals in the ratings, and still a hit in 50-plus foreign countries. Every day 3,000 Americans phone up to request a ritual humiliation on the show, and Jerry scoops pounds 750,000 an episode - a nice little earner to which he is now contracted for another five years.

"I'll be 61 then. I may sign for another five or maybe I won't. It's a long way off, but one thing's for sure, the show will go on because they make so much money from it. This is a show that can be on forever and if I don't do "I Don't Do" was the debut single by glamour model Michelle Marsh, released on 6 November 2006. The single reached 27 in the UK in its first week, selling only 9,000 copies and over 16,000 copies as of January 2007. The single spend a total of four weeks in the Top 75.  it someone else will. It provides entertainment for millions of people who have had a long day at work, or who have little else in their lives.

"The reason critics hate it is because they don't like the people on the show. You saw Princess Diana Noun 1. Princess Diana - English aristocrat who was the first wife of Prince Charles; her death in an automobile accident in Paris produced intense national mourning (1961-1997)
Diana, Lady Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales
 on TV talking about cheating on her husband and about her bulimia bulimia: see eating disorders.  but nobody said, 'How dare she'? No. Because she looked great and spoke the Queen's English Queen's English
English speech or usage that is considered standard or accepted; Received Standard English.

Queen's English

correctly spoken and written British English

Noun 1.

Surely, after a decade some aspects need to change or it will look dated?

"Well, for one or two segments we're going into their homes," he says. "We call it the Springercam. It makes it a little crazier sometimes because if they break anything, hey it's their furniture. There is more of an air of reality to the arguments when you are right there at the scene. We've had a great response from that. Yeah, the show's doing really well right now, and so am I. What a month I'm having. I get to do my own talk show and host Miss World AND it's all in London."

Jerry is a genuine Anglophile. "I love England. I was born here and I never stopped loving it. I'm not just saying that, I genuinely do. In fact, I look for excuses to work over here so I can be here on a regular basis."

His chat show aims to be an English version of America's smash-hit David Letterman David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner.  Show. He has the band, the gags and the risque ris·qué  
Suggestive of or bordering on indelicacy or impropriety.

[French, from past participle of risquer, to risk, from risque, risk; see risk.]

 banter with guests such as Billie Piper Billie Paul Piper (born Leanne Paul Piper[1] on 22 September 1982) is a British actress. She began her career as a pop singer in her teens and was well known for her marriage to DJ Chris Evans but is now best known for portraying Rose Tyler, companion to the , Marc Almond, Jordan and Bradley Walsh Bradley Walsh (born 4 June 1960) is an English comedian and latterly television actor. Early life
Walsh was born in Watford, Hertfordshire on 4 June, 1960. He attended Francis Combe, a comprehensive school in Garston, Hertfordshire.
. He says he has it written into his contract that as many good-looking young girls get on the show as possible.

There will be lots more of those at the Millennium Dome Coordinates:
This article is about the Millennium Dome before its redevelopment and renaming to The O2 in 2005.
 on November 30, when he hosts the 50th Miss World. I warn him this pageant doesn't attract the same type of women he gets on Jerry Springer. "I'm aware of that," he replies. "I wonder if they'll be nervous out there with me asking the questions? Who cares. It looks like a lot of fun. I'm one lucky guy."

He was born in Littleton Road, near Hampstead Heath, London, in 1944, during an air raid. His parents were Jews who'd fled their native Germany and the horrors of the Holocaust shortly before the Second World War. Then, in 1949, they emigrated again on the Queen Mary, this time to New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of

Jerry studied law at Tulane University, Louisiana and went on to become a Democrat city councillor in Cincinnati and later became mayor. He also married administrative assistant Micki Veltern, and they had a daughter Katie, now 23.

He moved into the media and in 1982 became a newsreader A client program that is used to read messages from Internet-based discussion groups (the venerable Usenet) or syndication feeds such as RSS and Atom. Some programs provide a search and organization tool for both newsgroups and feeds as well as local e-mail messages, contacts and other  on Cincinnati TV. He did that for nine award-winning years until, in 1991, he got his own interview show. It started well, but by 1994 the ratings were so low it was set to be scrapped. That was when he and his producer decided to go for sleaze sleaze  
A sleazy condition, quality, or appearance: "His record of public service is untouched by any stain of shadiness or sleaze" James J. Kilpatrick.
, and the rest is history.

Today he is involved in many projects. He also does films (playing himself in the second Austin Powers movie), adverts and the odd cameo role in sitcoms. He's made a video, written a book and is heavily involved in charity and political work.

When you ask him how he relaxes, he senses you are prying and his guard goes up.

"Erm sports, mainly," he says. "I'm a fanatical baseball, football and basketball fan. I play golf and the guitar. And I read voraciously. I have a totally normal life - I just happen to have a crazy show."

But press him further and he shuts up shop completely. "You know I don't talk about my private life," he snaps. "I understand your job and that I don't make very interesting copy but I like my life too much to open it up to everyone."

So I ask him once more if stories about the death of his show were premature.

There is silence again. "What stories? There couldn't have been any stories because we've just re-signed a big contract."

If he hadn't made it as a TV star, Jerry would have made a smashing defence lawyer.

Miss World, Thursday, November 30, C5.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 18, 2000
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