Jerry Springer, the longtime talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor, passed away at the age of 79, leaving behind a legacy of outrageous arguments and physical confrontations on his show.

But beyond his controversial program, Springer was also known for his ability to connect with people, whether in politics, broadcasting, or on the street.

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As we remember Springer’s impact on the world of talk shows, we also look back on some of the greatest American talk show hosts of all time.

1. Oprah Winfrey: 

Arguably the most successful talk show host in history, Oprah Winfrey’s The Oprah Winfrey Show ran for 25 seasons and became a cultural phenomenon. Winfrey tackled a wide range of topics on her show, from health and wellness to celebrity interviews and social issues, and even launched her own television network.

2. Ellen DeGeneres: 

Known for her infectious personality and dance moves, Ellen DeGeneres has hosted her own daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003. The show has won dozens of Daytime Emmy Awards and is beloved for its uplifting messages and charitable endeavors.

3. David Letterman: 

A pioneer in late-night talk shows, David Letterman hosted Late Night with David Letterman on NBC from 1982 to 1993, and then Late Show with David Letterman on CBS from 1993 to 2015. Letterman’s humor and irreverent style helped to redefine the late-night genre and paved the way for hosts like Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

4. Johnny Carson: 

Often considered the greatest talk show host of all time, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years, from 1962 to 1992. Carson’s quick wit and ability to connect with guests and audiences alike made him a beloved figure in American television history.

5. Dick Cavett: 

A talk show host who bridged the gap between comedy and intellectualism, Dick Cavett hosted The Dick Cavett Show from 1968 to 1986. Cavett’s show featured interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment, politics, and literature, and he was known for his ability to draw out thoughtful and provocative discussions from his guests.

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As we bid farewell to Jerry Springer and remember his contributions to the world of talk shows, we also celebrate the many other hosts who have made an impact on American television history.