STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Jerry Springer Show celebrated being on-the-air for 25 years on Monday, an impressive feat for the program that was often labeled the worst show on television.
Host Jerry Springer sat down with the Washington Post to talk about the show's success, its history and its future.
"I can't sit here and tell you I know why I've lasted 25 years," Springer says when asked how the show has been able to last so long."I don't know. There's a niche. If I'd been hosting another show, I wouldn't have lasted 25 years. And I mean it. People aren't watching the show because they want to see me."
When talking about the controversy surrounding the program's mature content, and the media backlash that followed, Springer admits that the scolding has ended.
"We don't hear it anymore," he said, "because I'm not part of the pop culture. It's not shocking anymore...You can't be a grown-up and say, 'oh my gosh, they're talking about a gay person.' The world has changed."
The Jerry Springer Show hasn't changed much however, even after moving from Chicago to Stamford to film the episodes. "I'm contractually obligated," Springer said to USA Today about not being able to tone down the show. "What the affiliates are buying is a show about craziness."
Still The Jerry Springer Show has still been able to capture an audience after all these years. Springer has even signed on to host until 2018. Upcoming episodes this season include "Spontaneous Sex Mistakes," "Sorry Sis Your Man is Fair Game," and "Lesbian Stepsister Hook-up."
At the end of every episode, Springer gives a "Final Thought" commentary on lesson's learned from the preceding hijinks. As the anniversary show ended, the host got sentimental and had to hold back tears as he discussed what the show meant to him and the role he played in all the madness.
"Know this," he says during his "Final Thought" in Monday's season premiere. "There's never been a moment in the 25 years of doing this show that I ever thought I was better than the people who appear on our stage. I'm not better. Only luckier."