As his iconic show halts pro­duc­tion, Jerry Springer pre­pares for new ad­ven­tures!

HIS REIGN ON DAY­TIME TV MAY BE OVER, BUT THE POP­U­LAR TALK SHOW HOST IS EX­CITED FOR THE FU­TURE

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“I am the luck­i­est per­son alive. I en­joy an ac­tive life, so why stop?”

— Jerry

When it was an­nounced in June that The Jerry Springer Show was halt­ing pro­duc­tion af­ter 27 years and more than 4,000 episodes, many fans as­sumed its pop­u­lar 74-year-old host was ready to kick back in a rock­ing chair. Think again. “There is no rea­son for me to slow down,” Jerry in­sists to Closer of his re­fusal to re­tire, jok­ing, “I can’t play golf every­day. I don’t want to play golf ev­ery day!”

EX­PLOR­ING HIS OP­TIONS

In­stead, he’s ready to tee off on sev­eral other ad­ven­tures. “Jerry may ac­tu­ally be busier in the fu­ture than he ever was while he was do­ing the show,” a friend tells Closer. “He’s a highly mo­ti­vated and cre­ative per­son. He’s been writ­ing more lately, and he wants to do a one-man show that he can per­form all over the coun­try.”

The for­mer mayor of Cincin­nati also plans to step up his in­volve­ment in the po­lit­i­cal arena. “I’m still very ac­tive,” Jerry re­veals. “I de­vote at least one day a week to po­lit­i­cal things — rais­ing money, giv­ing speeches, help­ing to or­ga­nize cam­paigns. I just don’t run for of­fice my­self.”

That gives him the free­dom to fo­cus on his other true love: his fam­ily, which in­cludes his wife of 45 years, Micki, daugh­ter Katie, 42, and grand­son, Richard, 9. “As much as he’ll miss his show,” the friend says, “he has more time to spend with them now. Maybe they’ll even take a trip around the world. This is re­ally a good time for Jerry to recharge his bat­ter­ies and see what the next act in his life will be.”

Fu­ture Jerry Springer Show one-offs have even been dis­cussed, and Jerry is game for do­ing them, the friend says, adding, “His ca­reer as an en­ter­tainer is not over yet. Not by a long shot.” — Ron Kelly, with re­port­ing

by Ilyssa Panitz

Grand­son Richard “is the cen­ter of our world,” Jerry, (with wife Micki) tells Closer.

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