Jerry Springer is being sued for wrongful death by the family of a man who killed himself after appearing on “The Jerry Springer Show.” NBC is also a defendant in the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, filed last week in a Kentucky court, the family accuse the show's host and NBC for eliciting "an extreme reaction" from Blake Alvey, who fatally shot himself days after he appeared in the episode "Gay Phase ... Over" aired May 24, 2018, WDRB reported.
At the time Alvey was engaged to Cassie Rutter but in the controversial episode she tells him that she no longer wants to get married because "there's someone else," The Daily Mail reported.
That someone else turned out to be Alvey's best friend, who was then brought out onto the stage during "The Jerry Springer" episode. Alvey shot himself on June 3, just 10 days after the episode aired.
The lawsuit asserts that the show ambushed Alvey and taht his suicide was "a result of severe emotional and mental suffering and anguish," WDRB reported. The suit further claimed that "The Jerry Springer Show" displays a "reckless disregard for the lives and safety of others."
Speaking on behalf of Alvey's family and his infant son, lawyer Brenton Stanley accused the show of causing "great emotional distress" that led to Alvey's "tragic and untimely death."
"The Jerry Springer Show was designed to humiliate and exploit people like Blake, while the defendants disregard the devastating consequences that their conduct can have on people’s lives. We will fight to hold them accountable," said Stanley.
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