The daytime talk show icon passed away on Thursday at his home in Chicago at the age of 79.
Rikki Lake paid tribute to her once rival and friend. Ricki – who hosted her show for more than a decade – told Entertainment Tonight: “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. “He was a mensch, brilliant, hilarious, and what I remember most, absolutely devoted to his daughter.”
Ricki took to Twitter to pay tribute to the TV star, 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 talk show rival and friend @jerryspringer. A lovely man. Here is the time he kicked my a** on @DropTheMicTNT. May he rest in peace. (sic)”
Springer began his talk show in 1991 which quickly became a must-watch daytime show; 4000 shows under his belt, ending in 2018.