Talk show host Jerry Springer is amazed he has forged a career out of showbusiness, because he is ugly and talentless.

Springer found fame as the host of his own controversial US TV programme, during which members of the public aired their personal problems.

The Jerry Springer Show was such a big hit an opera was written in tribute to the wacky and often violent TV phenomenon, and a British incarnation, starring Springer, is about to be launched.

But the humble American is still impressed he ever made it onto the small screen.

He says, "I don't have any talent. I think I'm a nice guy and I'm pretty bright, but no-one would pick me out of a crowd and say, 'That guy's gonna be a big star.' I'm not some hunk; I look like an insurance salesman."

31/05/2005 13:57