How Many Kids Did Jerry Springer Have? A Viral Hoax Claimed He Had Secret Children


Oct. 17 2023, Updated 2:24 p.m. ET

Jerry Springer in 2004
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The Gist:

  • Jerry Springer and his ex-wife, Micki Velton, had one child together, Katie Springer, 47.
  • A viral hoax had many believing Jerry had multiple children he kept private from the public.
  • Katie is legally blind and deaf in one ear. It is believed that Jerry's daughter works with children with special needs.
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When talk show host, actor, and politician Jerry Springer died on April 27, 2023, longtime fans of his work were devastated. Immediately, fans began to research more into his personal life in hopes of remembering the man who ran daytime television with 27 seasons of The Jerry Springer Show.

Considering he became famous for hosting a show around relationship drama, viewers wanted to know about Jerry's family too. In May 2023, a viral video clip of Jerry discussing his family resurfaced, causing mass confusion. What's the deal surrounding Jerry's will and kids? Keep reading for everything you need to know.

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Katie Springer, Jerry Springer's daughter, pictured in the 'Dancing With the Stars' audience in 2006.
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Jerry Springer's daughter, Katie, pictured in 2006

How many kids did Jerry Springer have? A viral hoax had people mistakenly believing he had "secret" children.

Jerry and his ex-wife, Micki Velton, welcomed one child together, daughter Katie Springer. She reportedly works as a schoolteacher for children with special needs. Fans have seen her before, rooting for her dad from the audience when he performed on Dancing With the Stars in 2006. Jerry said he went on the show to learn how to dance the waltz ahead of his daughter's wedding.

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But in May 2023, Jerry's family became the subject of a viral hoax alleging he had more kids.

On May 16, 2023, a TikTok user named @juicytee82 posted a two-part video featuring a Zoom clip of Jerry Springer's supposed will executors, alleging that he left the entirety of his fortune to two biracial children he had out of wedlock. In the clip, someone says, "He trusted me to handle the delicate matter of his last will and testament in the event of his untimely passing."

Videos with clips from a virtual play starring Jerry Springer alleging he left his estate to two secret kids.
Source: TikTok/@juicytee82

A viral hoax had people mistakenly believing that Jerry had secret kids.

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The person in the video continues, "We are here today because each of y'all have been named in his will, and he has asked me to play this video for y'all explaining his last wishes." Then, the video plays a clip of Jerry claiming he had an affair with another woman who produced two children out of wedlock on the Zoom call listening.

The second video reveals that Jerry is giving his fortune to "John and Misha" to provide them with a better life.

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The video went viral on TikTok, with many comments reading, "You mean Jerry had a real-life Jerry show situation?" and "He was living his own secrets with his TV show."

However, the video has since been debunked as a hoax from a virtual play in 2020 called Blood Money. Daily Mail confirms the hoax and says that Blood Money was featured in REFRAMED 2020: A Festival of New Plays on Social Justice presented by Tulane University.

Another signifier that the clip is a hoax is that Jerry claims he has two daughters in the video: Jordan and Megan. As mentioned earlier, Jerry only has one daughter, Katie.

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What is Jerry Springer's net worth?

Between his long-running television show, a career in politics, and acting talents, it's likely no surprise to fans and audience members everywhere that Jerry Springer's net worth at the time of his death was an estimated $60 million.

Fans, family members, and friends surely miss Jerry, but it is nice to know that his work keeps his memory alive.

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