In a million years, I never would have guessed one day I would welcome Jerry Springer into my home to make crafts with my daughter at my dining room table.
But there we were.
Surreal, doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Jerry Springer started out by apologizing for his show which was nice because then I didn’t have to ask.
I also didn’t ask for a refund for “Jerry Springer: The Musical”, something I actually paid to see in London about ten years ago. Even as a parody, it was HORRIBLE (and not in the “so bad, it’s good” way)— but I don’t believe Jerry actually had anything to do with it.
(I say “actually” a lot, I’m realizing. Hmmmm. Need to come up with an alternative word choice…)
Originally, I wanted to do a whole “Who’s Your Daddy?” segment where I test Mazzy and Harlow’s DNA to make sure they are really Mike’s kids.
Then when Mike found out Harlow’s dad is really my brother-in-law’s second cousin’s dry celaner, he’d throw a chair at me and Jerry would have to call security to break it up.
But no, Jerry informed me that paternity tests were really more of a Montel/Maury thing.
(BTW, “really” is the new “actually”.)
Instead Jerry makes toilet paper roll snakes, tries to set up Mazzy with his grandson and plays a game called “Nursery Rhyme Origin or Jerry Springer Episode?” (which will hopefully make sense when you see it).
I wanted to make Jerry fold my dirty laundry, because— HELLO! Jerry Springer airs my dirty laundry!! HOW CLEVER!!! But alas, we did not have time.
Overall, Jerry was way more awesome than I was expecting. I thought he would be awesome just for the sheer ridiculousness of it all, but turns out, he is really lovely and a devoted Grandpa. At one point, Mazzy and him were standing in the hallway waiting for the filming to start and he was singing her songs to entertain her. It was really sweet.
Check out the episode below and please come back to tell me what you think.
One more thing: Whoever told me that her dad was best friends with Jerry growing up (I can’t remember your name now), I told him about your comment (I remembered your name then) and he got a huge kick out of it.
Loved it. Mazzy’s face with the glue stick was classic – she is soooo cool. Am now saving for the therapy my kids will no doubt need when they find out I have been singing songs to them based an historical horror stories. The Mommy Show is just genius – six minutes of pure entertainment. Please keep ’em coming! And on behalf of Londoners I apologise you saw that show here. Not our best (from what I heard)…
Your daughter is absolutely adorable. I’m not a mom – single, 26 y.o. stressed out lawyer – but I find your blog a breath of fresh air from the daily drudgery! (That was a mouthful!)
I just loved this episode. Isn’t Jerry the best. He is a sweet smart man and I am so glad you and Mazzie got to hang out with him. I just LOVE THE MOMMY SHOW
fROM: Linda – Jerry’s publicist
Loved the piece about nursery rhyme origins and Mazzy’s face with the glue stick… Priceless!
Did you see rock a bye baby when you were making your list? Its pretty horrific as is ring around the rosie. (A friend of mine did origins of rhymes as her research paper in college)
Jerry! Jerry! Haha, he was so funny with Mazzy.
Mazzy is so adorable! She handles all your guests so well. When does Harlow take a turn hosting? When Mazzy starts kindergarten? Or is it more vocabulary dependent?
Harlow is always there in the beginning— sometimes you’ll catch a quick glimpse of her but she usually gets upset if I try to make her stay for the actual interview. It’s easier just to send the sitter out with her for a walk. She was featured pretty prominently in a few episodes though— Rachel Dratch, Idina Menzel, Jackie the Jokeman, Noelle Pikus Pace and Romilly Neuman. That was when she was a little younger and less opinionated:)
I’m the reader whose dad grew up with Jerry! My dad was so excited to see this video – AND thanks to you I had to listen to Jerry/Bob stories all night 🙂
Can we get a freeze frame of Mazzy taking back get glue? I see a meme…”one does not simply take Mazzy’s glue.”
Totally cute video!! Your little girl is adorable. xo ~ The Fashionista Momma
Melissa, who is your Dad? I am Jerry’s publicist and I can tell him about your father. If you want to email me: Lshafran@aol.com
And, I LOVE THIS INTERVIEW. BEST!!!