25 Things You Don't Know About Me: Jerry Springer

Entertainment Oct. 20, 2010 AT 9:14AM
25 Things You Don't Know About Me: Jerry Springer Credit: Chad Buchanan/Getty Images

Jerry Springer, 66, (The Jerry Springer Show is in its 20th season) shares the 25 things you don't know about him with UsMagazine.com.

1. I was born in a London subway station that was serving as a bomb shelter during World War II.

2. I love the New York Yankees and named my boat Yogi Boat.

3. I hate communism, onions and cilantro.

4. As a kid, I wore a Superman outfit under my clothes to school.

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5. I hosted a late-night talk show in Great Britain and South Africa.

6. I had an audience with Pope John Paul II.

7. I helped build a health clinic in Ethiopia during the drought of the '80s.

8. I'm a lawyer.

9. My family was exterminated in the concentration camps during WWII.

10. As Cincinnati's mayor in the '70s, I gave "Keys to the City" to stars like Bruce Springsteen to meet them.

11. I was a news anchor for 10 years.

12. I have a 500-pound pig, Bella.

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13. I tape The Jerry Springer Show Mondays and Tuesdays in Connecticut, and Baggage on GSN every Wednesday through Sunday in L.A.

14. Our grandson is almost 2 -- and he still doesn't have a job.

15. I have wrestled a bear.

16. I've had more than 35,000 guests on my show. I'm sorry.

17. I'm addicted to oldies music and infomercials.

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18. I came to America on the Queen Mary.

19. I testified in 1970 for a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18.

20. I played Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway in 2009. No one confused me with Richard Gere.

21. I hosted the Miss Universe and the Miss World pageants.

22. I didn't go on a date until college.

23. I can recite all the U.S. presidents in order in less than a minute.

24. I fly more than 200,000 miles a year.

25. I can sort of play the saxophone.

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