All rise for ‘Judge Jerry’
In news that only 2018 could provide, Jerry Springer has landed a new television gig, this time as a fake judge.
Springer’s “Judge Jerry” is scheduled to debut in national syndication in fall 2019 and has already been sold to 75 percent of the U.S. via major station groups, according to the announcement made by NBCUniversal Television Distribution on Monday.
“‘Judge Jerry’ will merge Jerry’s talent for connecting with people, his incredibly relatable and funny personality and his legal training and governing experience to bring viewers a more entertaining court show,” Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of creative affairs at NBCUniversal TV, said in a statement.
“We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TV icon with a dedicated and broad fan base,” she continued.
Before he became synonymous with chair-throwing and animal weddings courtesy of “The Jerry Springer Show,” Springer was a practicing lawyer for more than 15 years. The eventual TV host then served five terms on the Cincinnati City Council — despite an incident involving paying for sexual services via check — before being elected mayor.
“For the first time in my life, I am going to be called honorable,” said Springer in Monday’s statement. “My career is coming full circle and I finally get to put my law degree to use after all these years.”
Who better, really, to decide whether you or your ex-boyfriend really owns your dog?