The Jenny Jones Show Murder
The Jenny Jones Show Murder
Here's what you need to know about what happened to Jenny Jones after the "talk show" murder incident and where she is now. Trial by Media, a new Netflix documentary, sheds new light on the 1995 murder of actress and talk show host Jenny Jones. In an episode of the "Jenny Jones Show" recorded on March 6, 1995, entitled "Same - Sex Secret Crushes,"
The day before the recording, a secret admirer was introduced to the audience for the first time, but the presenters Jenny Jones and Schmitz had no idea about it. The program contacted her and made it clear that it could be anyone, a man or a woman, but she was curious. She agreed to appear on the Jenny Jones Show when she was told she had a "secret admirer," although she always insisted that despite her curiosity, she did not think she was a woman. Riley called Amedure to see if he had seen the show's policy on people with same-sex relationships.
At the murder trial, friends of Schmitz and Amadure said the couple had gone out drunk before recording the Jenny Jones Show and that there was a sexual encounter. The Netflix docs revealed that she felt personally embarrassed not only by the incident, but also by her father, who made homophobic remarks about Scott during the taped episode of the Jenny Jones Show. Now it's second-hand, "a friend of Schmitz said before and after the murder trial.
Scott Amedure's family, who settled out of court with Schmitz for a few thousand dollars, sued Jenny Jones and Warner Brothers, the distributor, for his unlawful death. In addition to second-degree murder, which led to her being jailed until her release in 2017, her family also sued the JennyJones show for its role in his death, according to the Netflix documentary. He accused the "Jenny Jones Show" of humiliating him, saying: "It's your fault.”
The Amedure family won the first verdict, and the jury found the "Jenny Jones Show" guilty of negligence and awarded them $29,332,686 in restitution. Although the court pointed out that "the Jenny Jones Show can be considered the epitome of bad taste and sensationalism," according to the Netflix documentary, this was not enough to make it liable. The show was ordered to pay $25 million by a jury, which found it irresponsible and negligent for deliberately creating an explosive situation without considering the possible consequences.
Starting in 1991, the "Jenny Jones Show" aimed at hard subjects, much like Oprah did then. Jenny Jones struggled to gain a foothold during the years of the show, which led her to focus on issues such as poverty, drug addiction and mental health, as well as the war in Iraq.
In 1999, Amedure's family filed a lawsuit against the show, saying her negligent actions led to her death. That same year, they sued the show for their 'bro-bro' relationship and alleged negligence that led to the murder, according to lawyers.
Jenny Jones and her producers denied that the show used manipulation tactics to provoke reactions from guests. Jurors found Jenny Jones' show guilty of negligence and ordered the company to pay more than $29 million in damages. Ultimately, the producers of "The Jenny Jones Show" were found negligent and awarded $25 million each to Amedura's family, according to court documents.
The Amedure family initially won, but the ruling was later overturned by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The Jenny Jones show was canceled after a Michigan appeals court announced its verdicts.
Jenny Jones has never apologized for her role in the tragedy, and she is best known for hosting the Jenny Jones Show, which has been the subject of controversy since 1995 (see Media's study on Netflix). The Jenny Jones show continued after the trial but was eventually cancelled due to poor ratings. Meanwhile, her TV show "Jenna Jones and the J.J. Show" continued until 2003.