Amazingly, although travel expenses are covered, guests are not paid
to be on the show:
"JL [James Leavey]: Do you pay guests to appear on your show?
JS [Jerry Springer]: Plain and simple, although some shows do, we
don't, mostly because we don't have the budget for it, although we do
pay for itemized expenses. But also we want our guests to be there
because they want to be there, not for the few hundred bucks they
might get somewhere else for making up a good story. If your story is
outrageous, if you want to be on, and you're telling the truth,
chances are you'll get on our show. If you do go ahead with your
story, we ask you to sign a waiver that says that if you are not
telling us the truth, we can sue you. We even videotape this process
to ensure it is the same person signing."
Forces International: James Leavey's Corner
"Must Jerry Springer guests have the fight stuff to get on his daily
syndicated slugfest? They think so.
'They see how people behave on this show, and they think that's the
way they can behave on the show,' explained Mr. Springer during a
recent visit to Cincinnati.
'Nobody comes on our show to get help. I can't believe there's a human
being on planet Earth thinking, 'This show will solve my problems.'
'Our show is about outrageous people in outrageous situations, and
every once in a while they throw furniture,' he said. 'It's crazy.
It's wild. And young people get it.'
And they can't wait to get on it. Springer producers receive '2,000 to
3,000 calls a day' on toll-free lines from viewers wanting on the
Possible guests must 'have an outrageous story, and they have to be
truthful,' he said. Guests also must initial a checklist 'of 20
possible surprises' before taping a show.
People are not paid for appearing on the show. But the show does pay
travel expenses, accommodations and a food allowance, plus provides
wardrobe and makeup."
However, there are allegations that some of Springer's guests have
been offered compensation for their outrageous behavior onstage:
"...authorities are also investigating claims by the girl's
30-year-old sister that staff members of the nationally syndicated
Springer show, which is taped in Chicago, paid her $100 for each time
she struck or pushed her younger sister on the show.
On the show, which was dubbed 'Heartbreaking Betrayals,' Parks got
into a screaming match with his girlfriend, calling her 'a slut' and
accusing her of sleeping with other people. The girl, in turn, said
Parks had gotten her pregnant and accused him of also sleeping with
her big sister... During the investigation, the older sister also
claimed the show's producers offered her money to fight on-camera.
'For every punch she landed, she'd get 100 bucks' said an investigator
on the case.
A Springer representative denied Tuesday that the show makes such
offers and referred questions to the program's attorney, who was not
available for comment.
The allegation of punches-for-pay has not been confirmed, but Tomczak
said he will forward information on the case to Cook County
authorities because that's where the show originates."
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