Jeremy Kyle Show should be cancelled permanently after death of guest, say MPs

'It’s a very, very unattractive TV show and I’m surprised it’s gone on so long'

Jack Shepherd
Tuesday 14 May 2019 09:47
Jeremy Kyle Show suspended indefinitely after death of guest, ITV announces

An MP has urged ITV to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show after a man who appeared on the programme died shortly after filming an episode.

The controversial talk show has been pulled from the air indefinitely by the broadcaster following the death.

Conservative MP Charles Walker has since said that ITV would be “best advised” to stop the show, telling The Daily Mail: ”It’s a very, very unattractive TV show and I’m surprised it’s gone on so long.”

Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said TV companies “have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes”, while Tory MP Simon Hart described the Jeremy Kyle Show as “car-crash TV which revels in people’s terrible misfortune and sometimes their vulnerabilities”.

ITV said they would not screen the episode which featured the individual who died a week after the recording.

“Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends,” a spokesperson for the broadcaster said. “ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.”

Monday morning’s edition of the programme (13 May), which was due to be aired at 9.30am, was replaced at short notice with an episode of Dickinson’s Real Deal.

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been broadcast on ITV since 4 July 2005, having first appeared as a replacement for Trisha Goddard’s chat show.

The tabloid talk show is based around guests attempting to resolve their issues with each other, with topics often related to extramarital affairs, addiction, and familial conflicts.

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