The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has criticised the aftercare offered to reality TV stars. The inquiry is investigating whether enough support is offered during and after filming on reality TV.
It described the aftercare as ‘inadequate’ and suggested selling it to Donald Trump would create ‘a service which is fit for purpose’ as it would be ‘like better and stuff.’
The committee was particularly critical of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
A spokesman said, ‘The aftercare was designed to be available to all participants and free at the point of contact, but there are areas where it has fallen down; the most significant of those being that nobody seems to be making any money out of it’.
Concerns were raised over ‘failures to prioritise the welfare of participants.’
And the committee found that while this was ‘a bit of a shame’, it was ‘an inevitable consequence of allowing the great unwashed to flaunt themselves on TV’.
The official report said that selling the responsibility for aftercare to Donald Trump would benefit many people; Trump himself, Donald Trump Jr, friends and family of Donald Trump, and a few people who have never officially met any of the committee members but may, at some stage in the future, be found by tabloids to have links to them via email chains.
Committee chair MP Damian Collins said that unseen footage of The Jeremy Kyle Show ‘made a mockery’ of the aftercare the show claimed to provide..
ITV responded by saying, ‘We’re surprised at Mr Collins’ comments as most of the seen footage made a mockery of our alleged concern for their welfare too.’