Jerry Springer, a man who knows something about out-of-control television, said Tuesday the raucous Republican presidential campaign is too much even for him.
"When I first started watching the Republican debates I said that, you know, if they're going to do my show, they should start paying me," said Springer, whose talk show has been known to devolve into wild brawls.
"It's one thing to have a television show like that, but that's not how you run a country," Springer said in an interview with MSNBC's Steve Kornacki on Tuesday. "It's disgraceful."
Springer, a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, is supporting Hillary Clinton for president. While he has "nothing negative to say" about Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont, he doesn't believe Sanders can win the general election.
Most importantly, Springer said, the nation must elect a Democratic president to balance out the conservative Congress.
"At least with a Democratic president, even if you’re not crazy about that person, that president can veto this right-wing Congress," he said, adding that a Republican president would "have to go along with" Congress, a move Springer called "dangerous."
He said Trump, the billionaire businessman and Republican front-runner whose campaign has been divisive at best, has no place in the White House.
"The television show is over. When you're talking about president of the United States, leader of the free world, having to deal with all these other countries, having to support a lot of Islamic nations in fighting terrorism, we can't have someone like Donald Trump," Springer said. "This is not a joke. This is our country."
Ari Mason contributed to this report.