Yes they’re tacky, sleazy and pretty classless. Some of them may or may not have been listed as the worst TV show ever — *ahem* The Jerry Springer Show. But, that doesn't stop millions of viewers from tuning in daily to get their dose of trash TV. Everyone has dirty laundry, but some people’s laundry is so goddamn filthy that the only way to air it out is on live television. Thank God for that or our weekday afternoons would be a total bore.
Leave it to hosts like Jerry Springer, Maury Povich, Steve Wilkos and Jenny Jones to find the raunchiest guests imaginable. Whether or not many of the storylines on their shows are actually authentic is debatable. Real or not, their bizarre guests and ridiculous situations they allegedly get themselves into are a riot to watch unfold. Brawls, devastating family secrets, cheating spouses, mystery baby daddies — these are all situations we would never want to find ourselves in, but hey, if someone else does and wants everyone to watch it go down, let’s grab our popcorn!
Trash TV storylines could be something along the lines of “I Married My Daughter’s Boyfriend,” “My Grandma Is A Pimp” or “Will The DNA Test Prove I Have 10 Kids?” But have you ever wondered what the ultimate controversial moments are of all of trash TV history? If so, not to fear, we’ve divulged into hours of YouTube to find out that very question. Check out our top 10 picks for the most controversial segments in talk show history.
10 The Never Ending Cheating Saga (Maury)
Married couple Joe and Shelley managed to find themselves on The Maury Show six different times. One of the most entertaining things about this couple was their overdramatic emotional outbursts — begging for forgiveness, rolling around on the floor crying and even gagging. Over several appearances, Joe revealed he had cheated on his wife with over 30 women and even their live-in babysitter, who he may have impregnated. For whatever reason, Shelley continued to find it in her heart to forgive Joe over and over again. After the fifth appearance Joe had sworn he was a changed man and had never cheated again.
9 Bad Ass Kids (Maury)
There is something oddly intriguing about children acting like train-wrecked adults, am I right? The Maury Show thought so too. On earlier seasons of the show we were introduced to the baddest of the bad kids when their teary eyed parents reached out to Maury for help. Smoking, drinking, drugs and violence these were ankle-biters gone wild.
8 16 DNA Tests For Five Kids (Maury)
7 Married To Your Dad, But Want You Back (Jerry Springer)
6 Fight Over The One-Legged Lover (Jerry Springer)
A woman came on The Jerry Springer Show to convince a one-legged man named Chris, who she’d slept with, to date her. The only problem is that Chris was set to marry her friend Niecy, and he had no intention of leaving her. To gain a bit of leverage and perhaps change his mind, this mistress decided to take Chris’ prosthetic leg hostage.
5 Mom And I Play More Than One Guy (Jenny Jones)
4 Hooker Ditches Dentures (Jerry Springer)
Although the back story to this segment is slightly entertaining, it would not have made our list. However, what happens mid-screaming match between a wife and hooker on The Jerry Springer Show is what really pulls it off.
3 Cheap Date (Maury)
2 Father And Daughter Incest (Steve Wilkos)
The difference between Steve Wilkos and other trash T.V. hosts is that he genuinely seems interested in helping his guests. When you see a segment titled “Father And Daughter Having Sex” you gag a little, and then think “Where the hell do they find these people?”
1 Grandma and Grandson Incest (Jerry Springer)
Unsurprisingly, it is a segment on The Jerry Springer Show that tops our list. If you thought a father daughter incest relationship was messed up, how’s a grandmother and grandson for you? The concept is extremely nauseating, and Jerry brings up some pretty valid (and hilarious) points.
When Jerry asks the grandson,“Would you sleep with your mother?” he replies, “I don’t know, it depends on how good my dad says she is.”
When Jerry asks the grandmother if she was attracted to her grandson from the moment he was born she replies, “I thought he was adorable the first time I ever saw him.” Which is something most grandmothers would say about their grandchildren, but hearing that from THIS grandma’s mouth is just revolting.
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