After nearly three decades on air and 27 seasons, The Jerry Springer Show ended its run in July 2018. But Springer's career on the small screen is far from over.
According to Variety, the tabloid talk show veteran is entering a new arena of daytime television as “Judge Jerry.” The court series of the same name is being distributed by NBCUniversal and is expected to debut in fall 2019. The hour-long slot featuring the former mayor of Cincinnati is expected to air on stations covering 75 percent of U.S. households, so fans of Springer should certainly be able to get their fix. The show will be taped in front of a live audience.
“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 VP of creative affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution, told Variety. “We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TV icon with a dedicated and broad fan base.”
The new courtroom series joins a traditional lineup of shows like Judge Judy and The People’s Court. Springer promises to “render a verdict with a fair yet firm hand and always leave litigants with a dose of classic Springer wisdom.”
“For the first time in my life, I am going to be called honorable,” he told Variety. “My career is coming full circle and I finally get to put my law degree to use after all these years.”
But if you’re feeling nostalgic for The Jerry Springer Show, reruns are still airing on CW.