US TV talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer has decided not to run for Ohio governor in 2018.
WLWT-TV reported that Springer announced his decision in his weekly podcast in northern Kentucky on Wednesday.
The 73-year-old former news anchorman has hosted The Jerry Springer Show, a raucous programme which publicly airs guests' personal dramas, for 26 years.
He said as "a husband, father and grandfather" he was not ready for a five-year commitment of campaigning and serving.
Half a dozen other Democrats are running or considering running for the 2018 nomination.
Springer was a Cincinnati councilman and survived a prostitution scandal to become mayor in the 1970s.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic governor nomination in 1982 and has contemplated other statewide runs in more recent years.