Jerry Springer’s new daytime show, Judge Jerry, sees the famed talk show host preside over a courtroom where he rules on a range of legal disputes. To promote the show’s Monday premiere, Springer stopped by BUILD Series, where he delivered his blistering verdict on another notorious TV personality: Donald Trump.
“The thing that annoys me about Trump is that he took my show [The Jerry Springer Show] and brought it to the White House,” the 75-year-old said of today’s heated political climate and reality show-style antics. “I’m annoyed. I should get paid for that, shouldn’t I? Hey, get your own show!”
Springer, a former politician who briefly served as mayor of Cincinnati in addition to unsuccessful bids for Congress and the Senate, added that he’d “vote for a ham sandwich” over Trump.
The self-proclaimed “very liberal” TV star said he’s “satisfied” with the Democratic presidential candidates, singling out Sen. Kamala Harris in particular. The bigger issue, he noted, was for the Democratic Party to keep the focus on Trump’s weaknesses in 2020.
“From a pure political point of view, I think we have to be a little careful,” Springer said. “I think as long as Trump is the issue, the Democrats can win. But if we pick a candidate who all of a sudden takes the spotlight off of Trump and ‘is this person too far left?’ and suddenly the debate moves in that direction, then I think we could lose the election again.”
He added that, as an older man, however, it was time to let younger voters have more say in who governs.
And while his ‘90s talk show has been blamed for shining a spotlight on bad behavior and giving rise to the reality TV that dominates screens today, Springer insists that it’s not that simple.
“The culture has not changed, the behavior is the same,” he said. “A thousand years ago people gathered in the marketplace, in the town square, and they would all chat about what their neighbors were doing, who did what, what the gossip is, what the scandal is ... Everything that has ever been on my show is already in the Bible, is already in Shakespeare, is already in great literature. Everything.
“What has changed in the last 50, 60, 70 years is technology,” he continued. “With technology, the neighborhood has become the planet Earth. So we talk more about what the Kardashians are doing than the people down the block ... The behavior hasn’t changed. It’s just that we’re announcing it to the world.”
Jerry Springer through his career
Jerry Springer through his career
Portrait of Jerry Springer, lawyer turned talk show host, wearing a jacket and tie, Cincinnati, OH, ca 1970. Springer was a Cincinnati councilman and mayor of Cincinnati. (Photo by Daniel J. Ransohoff/Cincinnati Museum Center/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 17: Television personality Jerry Springer attends NBC Television Special 'Donahue: The 25th Anniversary' After Party on October 17, 1992 at the Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 26: Television personality Jerry Springer attends the 30th Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 26, 1993 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 25: Television personality Jerry Springer attends the 31st Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 25, 1994 at Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CANADA - APRIL 30: Jerry Springer (Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Jerry Springer during Jerry Springer Promotes Videos at Wherehouse Records at Wherehouse Records in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 26: Television personality Jerry Springer attends the 36th Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 26, 1999 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LONDON - July 01: Chat show host and Politician Jerry Springer poses at a studio session on July 01, 2000 in London. (Photo by Rod Johnson/Getty Images)
397880 01: (ITALY OUT) Television talk show host Jerry Springer walks along Central Park South November 28, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
OXFORD, OH - FEBRUARY 13: Talk show host Jerry Springer speaks out against the threatened war on Iraq during a speech at Miami University February 13, 2003 in Oxford, Ohio. Springer, a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, says he's thinking about getting back into politics. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 06: Potential Senate candidate Jerry Springer, D-Ohio, receives a doll of himself from Dustin Proehl at the Ross County Democratic Party Spring Dinner in Chillicothe, Ohio. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Talk Show Host Jerry Springer and Host Jay Leno talk during the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios September 12, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jerry Springer during Photocall For 'Jerry Springer The Opera' at The Cambridge Theatre in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON - MAY 28: Television show host Jerry Springer poses during a photocall on May 28, 2004 in London, England. Springer will join Capital Gold radio station for one week as a special guest DJ. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Jerry Springer eating the sandwich he dedicated to Carnegie Deli. (Photo by G. Gershoff/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 18: DANCING WITH THE STARS - Jerry Springer (left), notorious TV talk show host of 'The Jerry Springer Show,' talk radio broadcaster and politician, will be partnered with Australian beauty, professional dancer Kym Johnson (right), who makes her series debut this season on ABC Television Network's 'Dancing with the Stars.' Kym was the champion of the Australian 'Dancing with the Stars.' (Photo by James Sorensen/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 15: Television talk show host Jerry Springer poses in the press room during the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 15, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SUDDENLY SUSAN -- 'The Wish List' Episode 7 -- Aired 12/6/99 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Springer as himself, Brooke Shields as Susan Keane -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LONDON - FEBRUARY 17: Jerry Springer (C) poses with cast from Chicago at The Cambridge Theatre on February 17, 2009 in London, England. Jerry Springer will be starring in the hit musical for six weeks from Monday 1 June 2009 playing the part of Billy Flynn. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Jerry Springer performs at America's Got Talent tour at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on October 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Jerry Springer (celebrating his 20th year in television) and Steve Wilkos (R) are honored on the wall of fame at The Palm on April 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: Television Personality Jerry Springer on stage at BritWeek 2012's 'An Evening With Piers Morgan, In Conversation With Jackie Collins' benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SYNDICATION PROMO SHOOTS -- Season: 2013 -- Jerry Springer -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Singer Michelle Williams; Rachel Feinstein ('Top Five') and comedian Mario Cantone guest co-host today; Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Guests include Jerry Springer ('Baggage') and Joshua Sasse (ABC's 'Galavant') on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm; ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) ** Local Caption ** MARIO CANTONE; JERRY SPRINGER
CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 05: Jerry Springer during his Cambridge Union address at The Cambridge Union on November 5, 2015 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jerry Springer posing for a portrait before his Cambridge Union address at The Cambridge Union on November 5, 2015 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)