Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Springer's "Got Talent" with new job

Three months after leaving Air America Radio, Jerry Springer is still as busy as ever. He's still doing his infamous daily hour of chaos ("The Jerry Springer Show") and dipping his feet into film and commercials. And now he's got a new hosting gig.

This summer, television audiences will see him as host of NBC's "America's Got Talent," replacing last year's host, Regis Philbin.

Springer is "the perfect ringmaster" for the TV talent competition, NBC's Craig Plestis said in a statement. "To say the least, he is known for presiding over an unpredictable show where the unexpected is the typical order of each day."

"I've been around some of America's most talented individuals on my talk show," the 63-year-old host said, "so I'll feel right at home hosting `America's Got Talent.'"

After hosting the inaugural season last year, Philbin backed out of season two due to heavy work and travel conflicts, and the problem of commuting between his home in New York and the show's tapings in Los Angeles.

Springer hosted a weekday show for Air America Radio for almost two years, until he ended the show on December 8 to concentrate on other ventures. He was also featured on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" last season.


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