ITV bosses planning new Jeremy Kyle-style show
15th June 2019
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Just five weeks after the controversial programme was taken off air, a group of TV researchers have been trying to entice guests via social media.

The move has sparked fury among ­politicians and relatives of former guests.

One post made by the team, which ­includes former Kyle show staff, is titled, “Are you happy with your partner having an affair?”

It goes on: “ITV are looking for couples who are both open about their affairs to take part in an exciting new ­entertainment show.”

The Jeremy Kyle Show was ditched after 14 years when it was revealed guest Steven Dymond, 63, had died in May after his own relationship woes were ­exposed on the show.

Steven appeared alongside his fiancée Jane Callaghan and took a lie-detector test to determine if he had been unfaithful. He failed the test.

Last night, the brother of ­another guest who passed away after going on the show asked for a ban on a similar format, adding: “How can these shows be allowed? I would not expect anything similar to be on TV.”

Sending a stark warning to ITV bosses, Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan also warned the channel should proceed with caution before the findings of an inquiry into the Jeremy Kyle Show later this year.

She insisted: “TV channels need to put people before ratings.” Ex-boxer Paul McCarthy, 31, was on the show in March 2014 to get help with an alcohol ­addiction which began when he was hit by a car.

But the network declined to comment.

Kyle has been asked to appear before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into reality TV.

Love Island will also feature in the study after ex-contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis committed suicide.

Ms Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting, said: “I’d have liked to have seen the outcome to that inquiry before the channel launched into another show.”

A spokesman for Jeremy Kyle last night also declined to comment.

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