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May 12, 1999
Re "Jury Orders 'Jenny Jones' to Pay $25 Million," May 8: Jenny Jones has unknowingly defined the twisted morality of trash TV. She is quoted as saying she hasn't lost faith "in the law and in the people I work with." Apparently these are her guiding principles as she daily exploits shame and facilitates rage for profit. Anything goes, as long as it isn't against the law and the people she works with approve. Jones has revealed a deadly absence of faith in two other essential principles: personal responsibility and human dignity.
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NEWS
September 15, 1991 | LAUREN LIPTON
Anyone who has seen Jenny Jones' nightclub act Girls' Night Out knows there's only one qualification to enjoying the show--you have to be a woman. For the past two years, the L.A.-based comedian has barred the doors of her performances to men--even male members of the staffs of the comedy clubs where she appears.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2007 | David L. Ulin, Times Staff Writer
Not long ago, I saw "The Godfather" on a big screen for the first time in more than 30 years. This was a revelatory experience, not because I had forgotten anything (I hadn't) but because it allowed me to see the film anew. Since its release in March 1972, "The Godfather" has become an American icon, part of our cultural life. Many people, myself included, consider it the greatest movie ever made.
NEWS
May 6, 1999 | From Reuters
A lawyer for the family of a slain gay man who is suing the producers of the "Jenny Jones" talk show made an emotional plea Wednesday for a $71-million judgment in the lawsuit, expected to go to the jury today. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who accused the show of driving a Michigan man to murder his gay admirer by humiliating him in an episode about same-sex secret crushes, raised his damage demands from $50 million in closing arguments in the wrongful death case.
NEWS
May 8, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON and BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A jury in Michigan returned a $25-million civil judgment against the "Jenny Jones" show on Friday, a stinging indictment of the "trash TV" genre that could have a chilling effect on a wide variety of TV programs, say television producers and executives.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 1992 | LAUREN LIPTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It sounds like the ideal audience-grabber for TV's February ratings sweeps: A talk-show host reveals a personal medical problem that's tinged with sex and corresponds to a hot news topic. But Jenny Jones, who will discuss her traumatic 11 years with cosmetic silicone breast implants on her first-year show this week, says the decision to come forward was based on altruism, not commercialism.
NEWS
April 13, 1999 | From Reuters
Talk show host Jenny Jones testified Monday she did not try to embarrass Jonathan Schmitz, described by lawyers as so humiliated on her show about same-sex crushes that he killed his gay secret admirer. Jones, seen in nearly 4 million U.S. households daily, said in the $50-million wrongful death lawsuit against her producers that Schmitz showed no indication that he would later kill Scott Amedure.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 29, 1996 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Suit Stands: Making "The Jenny Jones Show" stand trial on a $25-million lawsuit arising from the slaying of one of its guests may force such talk shows to deal with people more honestly, a Michigan judge said Wednesday. Denying a request from the show's attorneys to dismiss the civil case, the judge rejected their argument that the suit posed a threat to constitutional guarantees of free speech and expression.
NEWS
November 9, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A jury began deliberating whether Jonathan Schmitz should be held responsible for shooting a gay man who revealed a crush on him during a taping of the "Jenny Jones" talk show. Scott Amedure, 32, was slain three days after the taping, during which he detailed his fantasies involving Schmitz, 26. Schmitz, a heterosexual, had gone on the show to meet his "secret admirer." The case has focused attention on "ambush" television and titillating daytime talk shows.
NEWS
August 28, 2003 | Don Heckman
He's a Ring-a-Ding, Who Loves Ya Baby, I Did It My Way version of Ol' Blue Eyes. At 16, Dakota Horvath has been doing his Kid Sinatra simulation for almost a decade. Already a veteran of appearances on the Regis Philbin, Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones shows, as well as Las Vegas' "Legends In Concert," Horvath earned notice when he serenaded Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at their Malibu wedding in 2000.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2002 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
The "Jenny Jones Show" was not responsible for the death of a guest, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, throwing out a $29.3-million jury verdict. In 1995, Jonathan Schmitz shot and killed Scott Amedure three days after they appeared on a "Jenny Jones Show" segment on confessions of secret admirers. The segment never aired. Schmitz was convicted of second-degree murder and felony possession of a firearm and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
They're dramatic, they're theatrical, and running them generally stinks. Is anyone else repulsed by TV newscasts gratuitously using 911 calls as centerpieces of titillation? Obviously so, judging from the anger of some viewers objecting to newscasts all across the TV landscape--from local stations to national networks--deploying "Star Trek" hero William Shatner's frantic Aug.
NEWS
August 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
A man who killed a gay acquaintance who had revealed a crush on him during a "Jenny Jones Show" taping was convicted of murder Thursday for the second time in a case that threw a spotlight on daytime TV's titillating fare. The jury rejected the crime-of-passion defense of Jonathan Schmitz who, three days after the taping in 1995, shot Scott Amedure at his trailer home and then called police and confessed. Schmitz, 29, could get life in prison at sentencing Sept. 14.
NEWS
August 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who killed a gay acquaintance in 1995 after the victim revealed a crush on him during a talk show taping went to trial in Pontiac, Mich., for the second time. The defense lawyer for Jonathan Schmitz said the gay man, Scott Amedure, was to blame because he pursued his client to the point that Schmitz "lost it" after the taping of "The Jenny Jones Show." Schmitz was convicted of second-degree murder in 1996 and sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1999
Re "Jury Orders 'Jenny Jones' to Pay $25 Million," May 8: Jenny Jones has unknowingly defined the twisted morality of trash TV. She is quoted as saying she hasn't lost faith "in the law and in the people I work with." Apparently these are her guiding principles as she daily exploits shame and facilitates rage for profit. Anything goes, as long as it isn't against the law and the people she works with approve. Jones has revealed a deadly absence of faith in two other essential principles: personal responsibility and human dignity.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1994
Now let me get this straight. Warner Bros. Vice President Barbara Brogliatti ("Talk About 'Talk Soup,' " Morning Report, May 3) doesn't want E!'s "Talk Soup" to have clips from the Jenny Jones and Jane Whitney shows because "Talk Soup," as she says, "degrades our shows and makes fools of the guests"? Waiter! Reality check, please! LARRY RANDOLPH Studio City
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
First the verdict, now the spin. The rutabaga on the screen is Jenny Jones, her eyes sparkless, her face as vacant as a turnip. There's no evidence of guile, nor even a glimmer of fakery as she says to Katie Couric with the sincerity of a true believer, her pale suit, blouse, skin and hair bleeding together reassuringly like pastels in a muted still-life: "I defend the right to have gay people on the show." With equal innocence, she adds later: "This is about homophobia." Say what?
NEWS
May 8, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON and BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A jury in Michigan returned a $25-million civil judgment against the "Jenny Jones" show on Friday, a stinging indictment of the "trash TV" genre that could have a chilling effect on a wide variety of TV programs, say television producers and executives.
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