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Clooney slams Springer over show

Sept. 30, 2005 at 9:11 AM

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor George Clooney says he refuses to talk to former friend and ex-Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer.

"I'll tell you something funny about that idiot," Clooney told reporters in New York recently. "He was a friend of ours. He was sort of this kind of Kennedy Democrat. Really sharp. Really articulate. My dad (Nick Clooney) gave him his first broadcasting job."

The outspoken actor recalled how "The Jerry Springer Show" host once got caught writing a check to prostitute, but redeemed himself by taking responsibility for his actions.

"Then he got into that show and slowly it changed and he changed," Clooney said, admitting he snubbed Springer when he ran into the talk-show host at a recent social function.

The star and director of the Edward R. Murrow film, "Good Night, And Good Luck," said he told Springer: "'We're ashamed of what you've become. We're ashamed of what you do. You, more than anyone, know what you're doing.' There are the Jenny Joneses of the world who actually think they're performing some sort of a public service, but he knows better."

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