Morton Downey Jr. moderates a raucous shock-jock talk show.
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1989   1988   1987  

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One of the early shock-talk shows, Downey was a precursor to later hosts such as Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake and Jerry Springer. Downey's show tended to focus on political, rather than personal issues, but guests were still chosen on the basis of their dislike for one another, and their tendencies to lose their tempers suddenly, loudly and violently. These outbursts were encouraged by 'moderator' Downey, who would continually goad his guests to their limits. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Stripper Kellie Everts filed a forty million dollar lawsuit against host Morton Downey Jr. for verbally and physically assaulting her in front of a live audience during the taping of the episode she appeared as a guest on. See more »

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Morton Downey Jr. - Host: [frequent catchphrase] Zip It!
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Old school, better than the new fools
21 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Morton died the other day, and right now I'm watching a rerun of "Saturday Night Live" where he showed up on "Church Chat". I forgot what old-school Downey was like.

The first time I saw anything about this show was when Chris Elliot played him on Letterman back when Dave was still on NBC (and still funny). I thought it had to be a gag, then I was watching WOR-9 out of Secacus, NJ (famous for the first Howard Stern TV shows) and saw it.

I remember he had like a punch bowl on the set that he put his smokes out in, and every show had an almost-obligatory shouting match between either Morty and his guest, Morty's guests, or the audience and Morty's guests. Toward the end, it got kind of sad - left-handed wheelchair-bound vegan lesbian terrorists debating about voodoo economics.

It's too bad his star faded - he was one of the more genuine ones.


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