Turns out that ITV has suspended The Jeremy Kyle show after a guest died shortly after filming, and is conducting a review into the episode “given the seriousness of this event”. The channel took today’s show off air and replaced it with the repeat of Dickinson’s Real Deal.
The identity of the person who appeared in the show that led to it being taken off air has not been revealed, and it is also not known whether the death was suicide. ITV said everyone at the show was “shocked and saddened” and their “thoughts are with family and friends”. It will not screen the episode in which the deceased starred and they said both filming and broadcasting were suspended with “immediate effect”.
More than 3,000 episodes of the show have been shown on ITV since July 2005, when it first appeared as a replacement for Trisha. The daytime programme has become known for its argumentative discussions in front of a studio audience about guest’s personal and relationship problems. The show has faced significant criticism, including from a judge in Manchester who condemned it as a “human form of bear baiting”.
District judge Alan Berg had been sentencing security guard David Staniforth who had head-butted bus driver Larry Mahoney during a row on stage. He said at the time: “It seems to me that the whole purpose of The Jeremy Kyle Show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil. It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment.”
Producers claim guests are asked before each show how they would deal with potential outcomes to enable the team to assess their possible reactions. The show also has various aftercare provisions for guests, including psychotherapist Graham Stanier, mental health nurses, counsellors and therapists who can help them following their appearance.
The show has been broadcast in its mid-morning slot since 2005 and is ITV’s most successful daytime show attracting more than a million people (and bears) each day with a 22% audience share. Its guests discuss relationship issues and conflicts with each other in front of a studio audience.
It is well-known for its often heated debates, with Jezza mediating between guests.
The show asks for participants to contact the programme to discuss issues involving DNA and lie detector tests, fighting with an ex over access to a child, feuding families, break-ups, relationship problems, bad parenting, addictions and reunions.
Tomorrow’s show, featuring the return of troubled ex-EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook, will not now be shown.
It is not known when, or even if, the show will return!