As his talk show celebrated its silver anniversary on Monday, Jerry Springer knew better than to wheel a cake onstage with him. No sense tempting fate.
He didn't anticipate he'd be fighting back tears as he addressed his audience.
"Know this," said Springer, who wore a tuxedo for the show's taping. "There's never been a moment in the 25 years of doing our show that I ever thought that I was better than the people who appear on our stage. I'm not better. Only luckier."
Don't mistake that for a valedictory. Springer, 71, is all aboard for another year on the crazy train, and plans to stay as long as he's healthy.
It's been a long time since "The Jerry Springer Show" was a sensation, and a threat to Civilization As We Know It. Now it's a dependable daytime comedy, seen regularly by about 2 million people each day and rarely noticed by others.
Springer has theories about why his show has endured. Since the dawn of civilization, people have been fascinated by the behavior of others, particularly when it is outside of society's norm. Television is dominated by upper middle-class white people and his show regularly features others. It also appeared at the beginning of an era marked by people looking to themselves for entertainment, and not always celebrities.
"I can't sit here and tell you I know why I've lasted 25 years," he said. "I don't know. There's a niche. If I'd been hosting another show, I wouldn't have lasted 25 years. And I mean it. People aren't watching the show because they want to see me."
Morgan's emotional return to Emmys
In a dramatic moment that seemed impossible not long ago, comedian Tracy Morgan — left in a coma after a car crash 15 months ago — took the stage at the Emmys on Sunday night. "Thank you," a tearful Morgan said. "Thank you so much. I missed you guys so much." Morgan was critically injured and his fellow comedian James McNair was killed in a crash with a Wal-Mart semitrailer truck in June 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike. After settling with Wal-Mart in May, Morgan emerged to give high-profile interviews and marry his fiancé. Last month, it was announced he would host "SNL" in October. Morgan thanked the audience for prayers and positive thoughts.
Married: Actress Allison Williams and CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen were wed at a private Wyoming ranch ceremony. The couple exchanged nuptials on Saturday, a representative for the actress confirmed Sunday. The "Girls" star and daughter of NBC's Brian Williams posted a picture on Instagram of herself and Van Veen from the wedding. She noted that her gown was by Oscar de la Renta. Williams, 27, and Van Veen, 34, were engaged in February 2014.