Fury over ITV plans for Kyle Show mark 2

Re­searchers find ‘cheats’ for new series

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY HE­LEN WHITEHOUSE [email protected]­daymir­ror.co.uk

ITV bosses are feared to be plan­ning to re­place the axed Jeremy Kyle Show with a copy­cat show – mi­nus the con­tro­ver­sial host.

Five weeks af­ter it was taken off air fol­low­ing the death of guest Steven Dy­mond, 63, sev­eral re­searchers from the orig­i­nal show are en­tic­ing new peo­ple.

Steven was found dead in May days af­ter fail­ing a lie de­tec­tor test on the show to prove if he had been un­faith­ful.

But one so­cial me­dia ap­peal for an “ex­cit­ing new en­ter­tain­ment show” on ITV asked: “Are you happy with your part­ner hav­ing an af­fair? An­other said:

“Are you the other woman?”

And a re­searcher wrote: “We’re look­ing for peo­ple who’ve cheated, peo­ple who are cheat­ing, the other woman/man, a se­rial vic­tim of cheat­ing, cou­ples in open re­la­tion­ships and a cou­ple who has sur­vived an af­fair.”

Kyle, 53, hosted the hit show for 14 years and is set to ap­pear at an in­quiry.

But a TV in­sider said: “View­ing fig­ures aren’t what they were and bosses are des­per­ate for a new rat­ings hit.”

But the plans last night sparked fury. Ex-boxer Paul Mc­Carthy, 31, ap­peared on the show in 2014 but was kicked off the re­hab it set up for him and killed him­self 12 weeks later. Brother Kevin, 39, said:“I don’t think a sim­i­lar show should be al­lowed. They ruin lives for a bit of TV.”

The in­sider in­sisted the new show would not be con­fronta­tional. But Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan said: “I want ex­treme cau­tion to be ex­er­cised.”

ITV said last night: “We’re al­ways de­vel­op­ing and pi­lot­ing po­ten­tial pro­gramme ideas for the sched­ule.”

TRAGIC Kyle (left) & Steven Dy­mond

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