Ricki Lake Mourns Loss of Rival and Friend Jerry Springer With Glowing Tribute04/28/2023
Describing the TV icon as ‘a mensch, brilliant, hilarious,’ the former host of ‘The Ricki Lake Show’ recalls the last time she was competing against him on musical reality series ‘Drop the Mic’.
AceShowbiz –Ricki Lake will remember Jerry Springer as a “rival and a friend for many years.” Upon learning that the TV icon, whose self-titled show ran from 1991 until 2018, passed away at his Chicago home at the age of 79, the former host of “The Ricki Lake Show” paid a glowing tribute to her one-time rival.
“Jerry was a colleague, a rival and a friend for many years. Jerry’s persona was the polar opposite of what many remember of his show,” Ricki, who hosted her own show for more than decade, told Entertainment Tonight. “He was a mensch, brilliant, hilarious, and what I remember most, absolutely devoted to his daughter.”
Ricki also recalled competing against the TV star on musical reality series “Drop the Mic” in 2018. She shared, “The [last] time I saw Jerry was in 2018 when we competed against each other on rap battles and in true form, he beat my a** and we had many laughs that day. He was always kind to me and he will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.”
What’s more, Ricki took to Twitter to pay tribute to Jerry, describing him as a “lovely man.” Alongside a throwback photo, she wrote on the micro-blogging platform, “Just waking to the very sad news of the passing of my longtime talkshow rival and friend @jerryspringer. A lovely man. Here is the time he kicked my a** on @DropTheMicTNT. May he rest in peace. (sic)”
Ricki Lake paid tribute to Jerry Springer.
Jerry passed away after battling cancer for a few months. Jene Galvin, a friend and spokesman for the family, subsequently told TMZ, “Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word. He’s irreplaceable and his loss hurts immensely, but memories of his intellect, heart and humor will live on.”
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