ITV has suspended The Jeremy Kyle show after a guest died shortly after filming. It is also conducting a review into the episode “given the seriousness of this event”. The broadcaster took Monday’s show off air and replaced it with a repeat of Dickinson’s Real Deal.
ITV say viewers hadn’t suffered enough over the years and really wanted to make them squirm. “Seeing David Dickinson at that time of the morning is enough to make you throw up,” said one viewer.
The participant from the episode died a week after recording it. ITV said everyone at the show is “shocked and saddened” and “thoughts are with the family and friends”.
The show has been broadcast in its mid-morning slot since 2005. Its guests discuss relationship issues and conflicts with each other in front of Kyle’s studio audience. It is well-known for its often heated debates, with Kyle mediating between guests over issues involving DNA and lie detector tests, fighting with an ex over access to a child, feuding families, break-ups, relationship problems, bad parents, addictions, and reunions.
Basically, it is a real life version of Eastenders.
Critics have often noted the low IQ of guests in general, evidenced recently by a lady saying she “was 80/30 sure her partner was cheating on her.”
It is the most popular show on ITV’s daytime schedule, with an average of one million viewers and a 22% audience share.
The government hopes the show will be back on TV soon as they say ‘it is the best way of getting people out of the home and into work.’