“Nothing succeeds like success.”
I’m ashamed to admit it but, full disclosure here: many years ago, Jerry Springer show was my guilty pleasure. It drew me in like a moth to a flame. And it drove my mother crazy. She could not fathom how a person of my “intellect” who was formerly a college scholar, could indulge in such frivolity. Mom considered it a shameful waste of time. And perhaps you would agree.
But, in defense of Judge Jerry please allow me to plead my case.
The chick fights, vulgarity, over-the-top guests, dysfunctional relatives, and trash talk simply provided comedic relief for me. Serving as a much-needed contrast from the rather dark cop shows that found their way weekly on my TV viewing line-up. ).
In my mind, Jerry Springer was the one “guilty pleasure” that was fat-free, debt free and didn’t violate any of the Ten Commandments. Not to mention, writers tend to be cerebral and sensitive. We're always "in our heads".
So I offer no apologies for this diversion.
A METHOD TO THE MADNESS…
In the evolving years, I became a fan of Jerry’s; closely following his career and his antics. I learned much along the way. Despite his critics, this man was “laughing his way all the way to the bank.” Garnering a cult-like following and maintaining a long-term stay in the public eye.
So you be the judge...
Here's why he merits attention and continues to serve as my marketing and media guru:
1. HE DOESN'T TAKE HIMSELF TOO SERIOUSLY
According to EWN (Eyewitness News.com) : "Springer believes the show has lasted for 27 years because it has never been presented as a serious talk show or as being anything other than entertainment.