ITV Looking For Couples Who Are 'Open' Having Affairs For New Show
It's been a little more than a month since The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed following the death of one of its guests, but according to reports, producers at ITV are planning another programme to take its place.
The Mirror claims researchers are using social media sites to find contestants for a new show, focusing on cheating partners.
One of the posts spotted is titled: "Are you happy with your partner having an affair?"
It says: "ITV are looking for couples who are both open about their affairs to take part in an exciting new entertainment show."
While another post, reportedly from one of the channel's researchers, is headed: "Are you 'the other woman?"
According to the newspaper, one of the researchers tasked with recruiting people for the show posted an advert on Facebook.
It read: "We are looking for audience members with opinions to take part in a new UK celebrity panel/ debate show.
"We are looking for people who have cheated, people who are cheating, the other woman/ man, a serial victim of cheating."
The family of Paul McCarthy, 31, who killed himself four months after appearing on an episode of Jeremy Kyle, has slammed the channel for the adverts.
His brother Kevin McCarthy said to The Mirror: "How can these shows be allowed? I would not expect anything at all similar to be on TV.
"They obviously had an audience for the show so they will want to win it back. You can probably help people with relationship problems but not by putting them on stage."
The reality show was axed from the schedule earlier this year following the death of past guest Steve Dymond, who killed himself a few months after failing a lie detector test on the show.
Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan - who is also a doctor - hit out at producers, urging them to think about the effect these shows can have on people's lives.
She said: "I would want extreme caution to be exercised when considering another TV programme. TV channels need to put people before ratings.
"I have a concern, particularly as a doctor who sees people with mental health issues, over support that people going on shows like this could have."
Since it was removed from the schedule, Jeremy Kyle has been replaced by the game show Tenable.
A spokesperson for ITV told the Mirror: "As a broadcaster we are always developing and piloting potential programme ideas for the schedule.
"Tenable is airing from 9.25-10.30am and any further changes to the schedule will be announced in due course."
LAD has contacted ITV for a comment.
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