Jerry Springer: My Trashy Talk Show Introduced Gay + Trans People to the World

The first year we did the show it was on interracial dating and there were protesters outside the studio [shouting], ‘How could you?'” he said. “This was 1991, and now less than 20 years later we have a president who’s the product of an interracial marriage, which shows you how much society has changed. Even though The Springer Show has no social merit other than as entertainment, as a byproduct of it we’ve become much more progressive, much more open. People are not surprised by interracial dating or gays or transgender people. I kind of like that.

—Jerry Springer, insisting there was some merit to watching “grown” men and women throw tantrums on national television [via]