Jerry Springer decides against Ohio governor run

Jerry Springer (WBNS-10TV)

CINCINNATI -- TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer has decided to stay out of the 2018 Ohio governor's race.

WLWT-TV reports Springer announced his decision in his weekly podcast Wednesday in northern Kentucky. The 73-year-old former news anchorman has hosted "The Jerry Springer Show" for 26 years. It's a raucous show with public airings of guests' personal dramas.

He says as "a husband, father and grandfather," he wasn't ready for a five-year commitment of campaigning and serving. A half-dozen other Democrats are running or considering runs for the 2018 nomination.

Springer was a Cincinnati councilman and survived a prostitution scandal to become mayor in the 1970s.

He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic governor nomination in 1982 and has contemplated other statewide runs in more recent years.

Earlier this month, Jerry Springer talked with 10TV political anchor Scott Light on a potential gubernatorial run. In the interview, Springer also let loose on President Trump and discussed what he thinks Gov. Kasich should do next.

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