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Jerry Springer’s courtroom show Judge Jerry has been canceled after three seasons on NBC


Jerry Springer’s courtroom television program Judge Jerry will not be renewed for a fourth season.

The news about the show’s cancellation was originally reported by Deadline, who noted that the series, which is currently in its third season, will run through September.

The media outlet cited decreasing viewership as the main reason for the program’s axing.

Final decision: Jerry Springer’s courtroom television program Judge Jerry will not be renewed for a fourth season

Springer, 78, had previously planned on retiring from the entertainment industry after his eponymous show ended in 2018. 

However, NBC executives convinced him to take a chance on the courtroom show, which premiered the following year.

The program’s cases were taken from pending small claims court cases that had already been filed all over the country.

Judge Jerry was renewed for a second season in February of 2020, and its third was announced the following March.

Continuances: Judge Jerry was renewed for a second season in February of 2020, and its third was announced the following March

Continuances: Judge Jerry was renewed for a second season in February of 2020, and its third was announced the following March

Many sources reported that the show’s most recent run of episodes would feature more outrageous and outlandish cases than in its previous two.

Following the premiere of the third season, Springer spoke to HollywoodLife and told the media outlet that he occasionally regretted his rulings. 

He stated: ‘I do admit, there are times that I give a decision, because I have to… I can’t say, “I don’t know, go to someone else!”‘ 

The former tabloid talk show host also expressed that he had to walk a fine line between his gut feelings and adherence to legal standards.

Legal responsibility: The former tabloid talk show host also expressed that he had to walk a fine line between his gut feelings and adherence to legal standards

Legal responsibility: The former tabloid talk show host also expressed that he had to walk a fine line between his gut feelings and adherence to legal standards

‘The dilemma for me is, there is the moral answer and there is the legal answer, and they’re not always the same. Because laws are not always passed based on moral reasons, but I realize I have to fit within the law,’ he said.

Springer also pointed out that, although the subject material covered on his new program was similar to that shown in his older one, he was very conscious of his legal responsibility. 

‘The cases this season were often — almost, not quite— like my old show, the crazy show /this time, the thing which makes it a little more serious is that they are really filing lawsuits, these are real cases,’ he said.

He also pointed out that he did not feel as if his older program would be feasible for syndication in modern times. 

Previous content: Springer also pointed out that, although the subject material covered on his new program was similar to that shown in his older one, he was very conscious of his legal responsibility

Previous content: Springer also pointed out that, although the subject material covered on his new program was similar to that shown in his older one, he was very conscious of his legal responsibility

‘So much of what was said, particularly in the earlier shows, by some of the guests was really incorrect — politically and morally,’ he said. 

Springer expressed that he had to be sure of himself when giving a ruling in his newer program.

‘Whatever decision I make, they can’t then go to the court of Common Pleas and appeal it. So, I have to be serious at the end in terms of what decision I make,’ he said. 

In the past: Springer also stated that 'so much of what was said, particularly in the earlier shows, by some of the guests was really incorrect — politically and morally'; he is seen in 1998

In the past: Springer also stated that ‘so much of what was said, particularly in the earlier shows, by some of the guests was really incorrect — politically and morally’; he is seen in 1998



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