In January 2007, NBC Universal Television officially announced that Wilkos would host a talk show of his own based at NBC Tower in Chicago.
The self-titled program premiered on September 10, 2007 and received high ratings.
Steve is known for his abrasive approach to solving disputes.
He's also appeared on TV series Between Brothers, The Wayans Bros.
and The Simpsons, and in the movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as a security guard for Jerry Springer.
He then married his third wife Rachelle Consiglio, the former executive producer for Springer as well as his own show, in 2000.
In May 1994, the producers of The Jerry Springer Show, taped in Chicago at that time, needed security guards, so they decided to hire Wilkos and other off-duty police officers to work part-time for the show.
and he retired from the force and worked exclusively for the show beginning in 2001.
He has a brother and two sisters, the third of four children.
Wilkos graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1982, then joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1982 to 1989 before joining the Chicago Police Department in 1990, where he was stationed in the Logan Square, Chicago neighborhood. He married his first wife Rosae Wilkos in 1985; the marriage lasted for only two years until they divorced in 1987.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Wilkos became a professional wrestler with the Maryland Championship Wrestling during a temporary production hiatus of Springer.