CINCINNATI — TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer has decided to stay out of the 2018 Ohio governor's race.
WLWT-TV reports Springer announced his decision in his weekly podcast Wednesday in northern Kentucky. The 73-year-old former WLWT news anchorman has hosted "The Jerry Springer Show" for 26 years. It's a raucous show with public airings of guests' personal dramas.
He says as “a husband, father and grandfather,” he wasn't ready for a five-year commitment of campaigning and serving. A half dozen other Democrats are running or considering runs for the 2018 nomination.
Springer was a Cincinnati councilman and survived a prostitution scandal to become mayor in the 1970s.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic governor nomination in 1982 and has contemplated other statewide runs in more recent years.