'It wasn’t intended as such': Jerry Springer Claimed His Controversial Show Challenged FRIENDS and Seinfeld for Catering to Upper Middle Class Fans Only

Jerry Springer, the American talk show host, passed away at the age of 79 after battling pancreatic cancer. Before his controversial talk show gained popularity, series like Seinfeld and F.R.I.E.N.D.S had already made a foothold in American culture and television, catering to upper-middle-class whites. However, Springer defended his show, claiming that it brought out the real and underrated side of people in the United States, showcasing family feuds dealing with adultery, hate group membership, and even being gay. The Jerry Springer Show ran for 28 seasons since its inception and ended in 2018.