Jerry Springer, expert on on-stage antics and altercations, says Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate is "bound to be more enlightening" than the combative match-up between President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE.
Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Harris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE (D-Calif.) are poised to take part in their sole debate in Salt Lake City. The showdown comes after last week's heated and widely panned first presidential debate, during which Trump repeatedly sought to interrupt the Democratic presidential nominee — a move Biden met with vocal scorn and occasionally reciprocated.
"I figure this debate is bound to be more enlightening than last week’s since CNN has not yet asked for my ‘BLEEP’ button," Springer, who hosted his eponymous, profanity-filled talk show from 1991 to 2018, quipped this week when ITK asked for his take on the debates.
"More seriously, considering the current health of the president, this may be the most consequential VP debate in history," 76-year-old Springer added, noting there were no televised debates in 1944, when an ailing President Franklin Roosevelt was reelected before dying the next year.
Trump announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, just days after the Tuesday debate in Ohio.
Springer, an ex-Cincinnati mayor who now hosts the syndicated court program "Judge Jerry," says while his former show was known for some epic knock-down, drag-out fights, the debate featuring Trump and Biden is easily tops in terms of absolutely terrible TV.
“Several years ago TV Guide honored me by naming 'The Jerry Springer Show' the worst show in the history of television," Springer said. "After watching Tuesday night’s debate, the torch has now been passed.”