A will-reading performance by Jerry Springer has gone viral on Twitter.

Many online users believed the journalist was reading his own final wishes. He chose not to, though. The footage actually comes from a play he was in.

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After sharing a video of Jerry Springer reading a will and ostensibly asserting that the last desires were the deceased actor’s in actuality, Twitter user @marcisenberg post went viral.

In the tweet, the internet user wrote: “The best Jerry Springer episode ever is Jerry reading his own will He had 2 black children out of wedlock, wife threatens to expose, so he keeps it under wraps until he dies, then leaves all his money to the children he never met. What a legend”

In the viral clip, Springer can be heard saying – “The rest of my estate, my properties in Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, my bank account, my investment portfolios all liquid and in tangible assets everything, all of it, will go to my children John and Nisha.”

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In actuality, Jerry Springer did not read his will and declare that he wanted his property shared among the children he had outside of marriage. The social media platform said that the clip was from a comedy Springer appeared in in December 2020.

Jerry Springer participated in a script reading at the “REFRAMED 2020: A Festival of New Plays on Social Justice” event, which was organized by the theatre and dance department of Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts.

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Given the actor’s social standing, it is safe to assume that, if he had a real will, he would not read it out in public. The politician would make international headlines if he did this.

Springer lost his battle with cancer in April 2023. The Jerry Springer Show, which debuted in 1991 and ran for 30 years, was his most famous program. Up until 1994, he was wed to Micki Velton. One daughter, Katie Springer, was born to the couple.