Jerry Springer, the former mayor of Cincinnati and talk show host, has died at the age of 79.

Mr. Springer’s career took him from a political career to a broadcasting one, in which he hosted the eponymous “Jerry Springer Show” known for its confrontational and tawdry format.

The show’s content evolved into a spectacle with shocking confessions, adultery-fueled screaming matches, and fistfights.

At its peak, the show had over eight million viewers.

Springer’s career in politics was marked by scandal, including his resignation from the Cincinnati City Council in 1974 after he wrote a check for prostitution services.

He was re-elected to the council in 1975 and later became mayor of Cincinnati in 1977.

He ran for governor of Ohio in 1982, finishing third in the Democratic primary, and then joined WLWT-TV in Cincinnati.

Springer won or shared multiple Emmy Awards for local coverage during his tenure there.

“The Jerry Springer Show” began in 1991 as an issue-oriented program but soon turned to salacious content.

The show ran for nearly three decades, ending in 2018 after more than 3,000 episodes.