ITV 'Very Keen' To Bring Back Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy Kyle is being lined up for a return to TV 'early next year', according to The Sun.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed in May after a guest on the show who failed a lie detector test died from a suspected suicide and MPs subsequently launched a reality TV inquiry.
Now ITV is 'very keen' to bring the 54-year-old back in a different format, a source told The Sun. A team has been put together to develop the new format, with the aim of launching the new show in the first half of 2020.
The source said: "Jeremy is a huge ratings draw and he has a great relationship with ITV, who are very keen to bring him back.
"So it was only a matter of time. An ITV team have been told 'find a format for Jeremy' and that is what they are working hard to do.
"His team have told them they are open to all ideas. As you would expect, chat show formats are being considered, but others are too, and it is not a given that his return will be to daytime TV.
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The source continued: "We are expecting to have initial meetings about what they come up with in September, with the aim of then having Jeremy back on TV early next year.
"It is a given that ITV bosses will learn from the findings of the committee. But they have always said that they want to work with Jeremy again, and now those plans seem to be taking shape."
While Kyle is expected to return to ITV, the station has clarified that it definitely will not bring back The Jeremy Kyle Show.
ITV managing director Julian Bellamy told a panel of MPs: "There are no plans to bring The Jeremy Kyle Show back. We will not be bringing back a show that looks or feels like the The Jeremy Kyle Show.
"The network has been very transparent though. We have worked with Jeremy Kyle on a number of shows in the past and we would be looking to work with him in the future. There would not be another conflict resolution show though."
At the inquiry, ITV bosses also admitted that their lie detectors made errors at a rate of 'one in three' times. The admission was part of a Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) hearing into the duty of care provided by reality shows, with the creators of The Jeremy Kyle Show accused of not doing sufficient guest background checks.
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