Ventriloquist April Brucker Demands Equal Pay for Puppets on Season 3 Premiere of 'Judge Jerry'

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The ventriloquist was paid. But the puppet claims she was stiffed, and the promoter says he's getting sued by a piece of cloth.

Now it's up to the honorable and iconic Judge Jerry Springer to clear up this chaotic conundrum on the Sept. 13 third season premiere of "Judge Jerry," the daily, first-run, nationally syndicated court show.

Plaintiffs April Brucker and her puppet sidekick May Wilson claim that although a Vegas show promoter paid April, May was not paid. The ventriloquism duo is asking Judge Jerry to award equal pay for puppets.

The promoter's reply to their claim: "I paid April. I'm not paying May… or June, July or August."

"If racing pigs at state fairs get paid, so should performing puppets. It's all about pay equity," claims May Wilson.

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April and May are currently performing as the special guest stars in BurlesQ, a classic Vegas showgirl revue at Alexis Park Resort Las Vegas.

"I'm proud of May for standing up for the rights of textile Americans," says April Brucker.

"It's time for my people to stop being treated like dummies with strings attached," adds May.

In this brand-new season of outrageous cases, Jerry Springer spotlights his knack for getting people to confess their dirty laundry with juicy stories along the way. "Judge Jerry" utilizes Springer's talent for connecting with people with his incredibly relatable and funny personality, plus his law degree and experience as former Mayor of Cincinnati.

Distributed by NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, "Judge Jerry" premiered in fall 2019 as the highest rated syndicated court show in five years.  Last season "Judge Jerry" averaged more than one million daily viewers. Local station listings are available at

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April Brucker has appeared on "Entertainment Tonight," "Inside Edition," "The Layover," "My Strange Addiction," "Today," "Videos After Dark," "The Wendy Williams Show," "What's My Secret," "What Would You Do?" and many other television shows. She is the author of "Read My Lips! - America's Foremost Female Ventriloquist Reveals the Secrets of How to be a Successful Ventriloquist" (ISBN 978-0-9842085-8-6) and "I Came, I Saw, I Sang – Memoirs of a Singing Telegram Girl" (ISBN 978-0-7414-7793-4).

Fans can connect with April Brucker on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, plus at her official website www.AprilBrucker.TV.

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