Fury over ITV plans for Kyle Show mark 2
Researchers find ‘cheats’ for new series
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