Jerry Springer Thinks Prince Harry's Nude Photo Controversy Is 'Funny'
08/24/2012 AT 10:05 AM EDT
So, when he saw the photos of Prince Harry rubbing on ladies while naked in the privacy of his own VIP suite in Las Vegas, the veteran TV host was astounded people made it into such a big deal.
"Honestly, what did he do?" Springer, 68, told PEOPLE on Thursday. "He was in his own room. I don't know what the scandal is. He wasn't with anyone he shouldn't have been with. There wasn't any sexual activity that was inappropriate."
Springer's talk show featured a 2010 episode titled "Stripper Spectacular." (The description, according to TV Guide: A stripper-fest: a stripper sleeps with her sister's guy; a stripper worries she's losing her guy to a fellow stripper; a stripper wants to steal her coworker's deejay boyfriend.)
The talk show host may consider Harry's antics "silly, childish and perhaps not the image of the royal family," but he defends the prince, saying, "I think the real story is who took those pictures and then sold them? What kind of person is that? [Harry] wasn't doing anything wrong. It's the showing of the pictures the thing that becomes inappropriate."
Springer – who also hosts the newly syndicated dating program, Baggage, on the Game Show Network, which debuts Sept. 17 – predicts this so-called "scandal" will blow over.
"I don't think they're going to throw him out of the family," he says with a laugh. "This is the tiniest of blips. Do you think there's anybody going, 'Boy, I'll never visit England again?' It's the great nonissue. It's funny, because we're titillated about the posterior of a prince."