a long retrospective on the pictured gentleman.
Twice Kiesewetter refers to Jerry Springer as "loveable" back in his Cincy political days. John is trying to be nice. He well knows that a lot of Cincinnatians found Jerry much less than lovable, then and now.
Interestingly, Springer's main effort in our little genre only gets a throwaway reference. Baggage receives a quick brushoff as "a Game Show Network series." True enough, but the dating epic has developed a surprisingly good reputation. I put it on my list of the 50 top game shows, and the series even got a favorable nod from HBO's Girls.
Maybe it's because the show was quite mild compared to Springer's ridiculous talk-and-punch extravaganza. At least there were no fisticuffs, and Baggage made good use of the suitcase reveal (lifted, of course, from Deal or No Deal).
Jerry has also hosted The Price is Right's live show many times. I've even seen him make a (sadly incompetent) appearance on Celebrity Name Game. Some guys just seem to fit into game shows.