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 TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE.
Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami A sad reality: In a season of giving, most will ignore America's poor Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall 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.”