Jerry Springer: Cincinnati Mayor to Trashy TV Talk Show Host
The guy has been dealing with screaming idiots for years. Inspired by JFK at age 12, he took an early interest in politics. After failing to get elected as an Ohio congressmen, Springer found a spot on the City Council, and eventually became the 56th Mayor of Cincinnati (after failing to get the nomination for Ohio governor). While in college studying political science he also moonlighted as a radio broadcaster tackling political issues; this affinity for political & news broadcast lasted well into his mayoral term and after it. His insightful radio commentary eventually helped him launch "The Jerry Springer Show."
Originally the show was about serious political & social topics before it took a low-brow dive to boost its rating and stay on the air in the mid-‘90s. The transition seemed to work as the show is still going strong after 22 seasons.