Chat-show host Jerry Springer would rather people print lies about him - because he doesn't want anyone to know anything about his private life.

The English-born presenter, who split with wife MICKI in 1990, refuses to talk about his love life - and doesn't care if the media responds by printing lies about him.

He says, " It never matters what people write, as long as it's not the truth. You can ask questions about it, but I'm not going to talk about it.

"I would rather people wrote bad things about me that weren't true than good things that were in relation to my private life.

"I don't get bitter. I'm not, 'How dare they.' It's just I've been really good about keeping it private, even through all these years I've been a public person."

12/11/2003 13:49