The Jeremy Kyle Show has started in 2005 on ITV. During these fourteen years, it has been the broadcaster’s most popular show, with a 22% audience share and an average of one million viewers.
It’s the United Kingdom’s response to the Jerry Springer Show — they tackle difficult topics like poor parenting, relationship problems, and DNA and lie detector tests. Feuding guests discuss their problems in front of a live studio audience and Jeremy Kyle, the host, acts as a mediator between the parties.
This week’s episode didn’t air and a rerun of Dickinson’s Real Deal replaced it. ITV published a statement in which they announced they were shocked and saddened to hear that one of the guests of this week’s show passed away, just a few days after the filming took place. Additionally, ITV will not broadcast the episode out of respect to the family.
They have decided to suspend the show indefinitely, until they have enough time to properly conduct a review of the show. This adds to the list of controversy regarding the long-running show. Namely, in 2014, ITV and Kyle faced heavy criticism as they seemingly didn’t make enough effort to protect a 17-year-old guest. The girl experienced public humiliation as her older sister called her names like ‘silly anorexic slapper’ (a derogatory British slang term for a woman of loose morals) and ‘crackhead.’