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Springer to return with multiyear pact

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After deciding not to seek a return to political office, Jerry Springer has signed a new multiyear deal to continue hosting his TV talk show.

"I truly enjoy doing it, [and] people seem to enjoy watching it," Springer said in a statement issued Monday by the show's syndicator, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

The company said it has also renewed The Jerry Springer Show in more than 85 percent of the country through the 2006-07 season, including 45 of the top 50 markets. Among the top-market stations are WPIX New York and KTLA Los Angeles.

Springer, a former mayor of Cincinnati, recently considered running for the office of US senator from Ohio.

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