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In the world of entertainment TV talk shows have undoubtedlyflooded every inch of space on daytime television Many of us have seenand heard the often recycled topics found on such veteran shows as Geraldoand Sally Jessy Raphael And anyone who watches talk shows on a regularbasis knows that each one varies in style and format One might enjoywatching the sometimes trashy subject matter found on Jenny Jones whilesomeone else might prefer the more serious and light hearted feel of theMaury Povich show But no two shows are more profoundly opposite incontent while at the same time standing out above the rest than theJerry Springer and the Oprah Winfrey show Jerry Springer could easily be considered the king of trashtalk The topics on his show are as shocking as they get For examplethe show takes the ever common talk show themes of love lust sexsexuality adultery cheating guilt hate conflict and morality to a different level In a vintage Springer showone finds women who cheated on their boyfriends and are ready to confessBut the boyfriends are in for a bigger surprise As it turns out that allthe women havent been secretly seeing other guys but seeing other womenwho also happen to be waiting backstage Another episode tells of a JohnWayne Bobbit type case but with a more twisted plot A male cuts off hisown manhood because he claimed that his homosexual neighbor was stalkinghim Shocking indeed but the list of talk material goes on fromdangerous love triangles broken homes pregnant strippers teenageprostitutes adult film stars devil worshippers and the ever popular talkshow regulars the members of the Ku Klux Klan Clearly the JerrySpringer show is a display and exploitation of societies moralcatastrophes yet people are willing to eat up the intriguing predicamentsOprah Winfrey was once a follower of the trash TV format but herlong running popular TV talk show has since been reformed Like JerrySpringer the Oprah Winfrey show takes talk TV to its extreme
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