Morton Downey Jr. moderates a raucous shock-jock talk show.
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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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After ratings for this show started to drop significantly during the 1988-1989 season, flagship station WWOR TV Channel 9 in late 1988 switched the time slot from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. See more »

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Himself - Host: [frequent catchphrase] Zip It!
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9 January 2001 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Long before Jerry Springer or Geraldo Rivera came along and changed the course of talk-TV,nobody couldn't do it more better and more intense than the king of shock-tv...Morton Downey,Jr. Morton came at his guests hard,and I do mean hard with tough questions amd tough talk with sometimes straightforward and unlimited results. I can never forget those red socks and that cigarette that he was famous for. His shows sometimes went to the limits,but it was always Downey to goal his guests to the utmost and so much more. I'm surprise that he doesn't have any videocassettes out based on his show(like "The Best of The Morton Downey,Jr. Show")because the guests that he had on there were so outrageous and all,you'll never know what may come out of Morton's mouth the next. One episode consisted an incident at Harlem's Apollo Theatre where all choas broke loose,and another was based in Florida where Downey fought some smart aleck guy for saying something very stupid and

he asked for it. He may have been a 'precursor',but he was the MAN! Kudos to Morton Downey,Jr. whereever you are!

NOTE: I wonder if it is still on New York's WOR-TV?


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