Jerry Springer was born in London, England in a subway station as Germans dropped bombs all around him. His parents were German-Jewish refugees who had escaped to England and, by the time Jerry was five years old, had moved to the United States.1

Many of Springer’s relatives were killed by Nazi’s, in and out of concentration camps. His grandmother was gassed in a truck in Poland. It’s safe to say that the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people hold a special place in Springer’s heart–and he is a spiritual man. However, his spiritualism isn’t just about being Jewish. Springer expresses certain things that point to a faith-holding agnostics. He said:

But I also believe in God, because someone created this wonderful thing that I experience every day. And under any moral code you say thank you. My parents happened to be Jewish so I use Jewish traditions to thank whoever is responsible for it. If I was born to Catholic parents, I would use the Catholic tradition. So I’m not saying Jews have the answer more than Catholics. I don’t know. I don’t know what it’s going to be like after we die.2

Reformed politician

Before becoming the talk show host that we all love (or hate), Springer was a semi-successful politician. He ran for the governor of Ohio (and lost) and lost an election for an Ohio seat in the U.S. Congress, but was a member of the Cincinnati city council and later appointed to the mayor of that city. He’s always run as a Democrat and described himself as liberal.

Springer’s charisma as a politician was evident. He resigned his post as a city councilman after it became clear that he had purchased a prostitute. But after an honest confession, he won his seat back the next year.3

Springer hosted a talk-radio show for a year in Cincinnati, which was a very liberal show and was even syndicated into various other Midwest cities.4 His famous daytime talk show, The Jerry Springer Show, showed a liberal sort-of patience and tolerance to a wide range of beliefs and viewpoints from transgendered moms to those with feet fetishes.

Springer is an Obama supporter and has even said Obama’s less-than-sympathetic views towards Israel won’t affect the Jewish vote for 2012 president. He has said:

Overall, American Jews tend to be more progressive, more liberal, so [Obama] will probably still get the vote…I am very happy as an American Jew, and I have family in Israel, I am very happy to support Obama.5

  1. Jerry Springer: ‘I was a poor refugee.’ Thejewishchronicle. []
  2. Interview: Jerry Springer. Thejewishchronicle. []
  3. Jerry Springer for Governor: a 1980 Campaign ad. Youtube. []
  4. Jerry Springer ends syndicated radio show. Usatoday. []
  5. Jerry Springer: Will Obama Lose the Jewish Vote. Mediator. []