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Jerry Springer checks out Austin’s ‘baggage’

Gary Dinges

Austin is Jerry Springer’s kind of town.

We are, after all, more than a little, well, weird. And we’re pretty darn proud of it.

So, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that the outlandish host visited the city to shoot a few episodes of his new dating show, “Baggage on the Road,” which recently got a 20-episode order from the Game Show Network.

Springer and his producers set out last month to find mates for some sexy singles with various quirks — “baggage” — that have made dating difficult for them. They plan to do the same in Baton Rouge, La., and two other yet-to-be-named cities.

A premiere date hasn’t been announced yet.

With his over-the-top talk show now in its 24th year, Springer says nothing really surprises him anymore. Not even Austinites’ baggage.

“Everyone has baggage,” Springer said. “Usually, though, you don’t find out until six months — or six years — into a relationship. We’re speeding things up.”

Springer says he was the logical choice to serve as host.

“I’m the king of baggage,” he said. “It was pretty obvious.”

Just like his talk show, Springer promises everything you see on “Baggage on the Road” is “truthful — and outrageous.”

“These are just regular people,” he said. “I’ve never met a human being who couldn’t be on my show. Everyone has something in their life they’re dealing with — some of us just had a better gene pool with better parents.”

“The Jerry Springer Show,” which airs locally at noon weekdays on CW affiliate KNVA-TV, was just renewed until 2018, so plan on meeting plenty more “regular people” in the years to come. It’s a job Springer, a former TV newscaster and politician, never could have imagined.

“I’m living this incredible, lucky, charmed life,” he said. “I’ve got no talent, and yet I’m making my living in showbiz.”