Jerry Springer to Make Stage Debut in Chicago

Give him the old razzle dazzle: Talk-show host Jerry Springer is slated to take to the London West End stage in a production of the musical Chicago, The Associated Press reports.

Springer's six-week stint as lawyer Billy Flynn -played by Richard Gere in the Oscar-winning 2002 film version - begins in June. Springer is taking singing lessons in anticipation.

The 65-year-old's new gig explains his recent departure from NBC's America's Got Talent, which he hosted for two seasons. Nick Cannon will replace Springer on the reality show.

This isn't Springer's first time in a high-profile musical - at least as a character. The British Jerry Springer: The Opera ran for more than 600 performances in London, and Harvey Keitel played the king of trash talk for two performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

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