The controversy over Jerry Springer’s impending newscast stint continued Wednesday when the talkshow host blasted WMAQ anchors Carol Marin and Ron Magers for threatening to walk out of their newscasts if the station moves forward with his commentaries starting next week.
On NBC’s “Today” show, Springer said the protest was a sign of the “arrogance” of the TV anchors, who have no right to decide who shares the airwaves with them.
“I can’t imagine a top journalist from the New York Times saying, ‘I’m not going to work here because Pat Buchanan is writing a column for the paper,” Springer said. He added that Chicago news anchors make $1 million annual salaries because “part of our business is being interesting and bringing viewers to the table.”
Marin, who is leading the protest against Springer, said, “I am offended at the notion this is just some other part of the carnival.”
Springer, who used to do commentaries on a Cincinnati station before his talkshow days, said he won’t back out because of the controversy. WMAQ did not return phone calls. But if Springer does go forward Monday, the publicity surrounding the issue is expected to give the newscast quite a ratings boost.