ITV Wants Jeremy Kyle To Work On New Shows In Future
ITV bosses said they will be looking to work with Jeremy Kyle again - although not in the same format as his recently axed morning show.
ITV managing director Julian Bellamy told a panel of MPs set up to grill the station over reality shows that Kyle did form part of future plans, although nothing had been decided yet.
"There are no plans to bring The Jeremy Kyle show back," he said. We will not be bringing back a show that looks or feels like 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."
In a dramatic inquiry, ITV bosses told a committee of MPs that lie detector test used on The Jeremy Kyle Show were not reliable and often produced the wrong results.
Guests who failed a lie detector test were also never told to go and take another test elsewhere in case it was wrong.
The shock admission by ITV that the lie detector tests were prone to error - at a rate of '1 in 3' - was part of a Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) hearing into the duty of care provided by reality shows such as The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island. The enquiry was set up after the suspected suicide of a previous guest who failed his lie detector test when accused of cheating on his partner.
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A number of serious accusations were put to show makers, which included the fact that guests didn't understand the contracts they were signing and that background checks on the guests weren't performed to anywhere near the standard expected.
Their details were also shared with third party companies, such as insurance firms.
Damian Collins MP, chair of the House of Commons culture select committee, said executive producer Tom McLennan's lack of knowledge was "astonishing".
Graham Stanier, Director of Aftercare for the show, was asked how many people requiring aftercare had needed it because of the lie detector.
He said: "We explain it differently, what we would say prior to the show is that some people would fail the test but that what they'd said was true."
Mr Collins asked if people were sat down and told that the test could be wrong a third of the time if they become distressed.
Mr Stanier said he was always aware of that the test was not accurate, but that he didn't know the figures.
Despite all of this, Jeremy Kyle will be returning to your television screens in the near future.
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