Jeremy Kyle is returning to TV, it has been confirmed.
The 56-year-old is one of a host of personalities who will be heading up TalkTV, the offshoot of TalkRadio next month.
After almost three years off our screens, Kyle, who currently hosts a drive time radio spot, will be back for the channel's launch on 25 April.
A statement for the channel read: "TalkTV’s primetime schedule will also be simulcast on talkRadio. And talkRadio’s roster of daytime talent, including Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham, Ian Collins and Jeremy Kyle, will be broadcast on talkTV.
"TalkRadio has seen fast growth in recent years across all platforms and has been broadcasting successfully on talkRadio TV since last year."
News UK broadcasting president Scott Taunton said: "We have a roster of new talent who will bring compelling new shows to the screen every weekday evening, alongside journalists from across News UK who have expertise in every genre.
"Our existing professional talent on TalkRadio already have their own followings and we will be bringing these popular and informed discussions about news and current affairs to a wider audience.
"Our launch schedule should get the nation talking and bring new choice to viewers in the market."
Kyle hasn't been on TV since his controversial reality series The Jeremy Kyle Show, was cancelled in 2019 following the death of a guest, Steve Dymond, who took his own life after failing a lie detector test.
Earlier this month, a two-part documentary, called Jeremy Kyle: Death On Daytime, saw the family of one guest brand the presenter a 'bully'.
Dominique Bishop's daughter Kristie appeared on the show in 2018 and again 2019, seeking help for her drug addiction.
However, she sadly passed away in March 2020 from an overdose after relapsing.
Dominique, 54, says Kristie was 'bullied' by Jeremy and that it was 'the most traumatic experience I ever had'.
"She opened herself up and he bullied her and he put on a show. But that was my daughter and that's really, really hard to watch now," she said.
A review from the Guardian also said the documentary was a 'difficult watch, for many reasons’, adding: "Hearing insiders talk about how it was made, and what they did, is incredibly powerful. If some of the details are shocking, they are not surprising; it was all there for 14 years, on screen."
After the two episodes aired, Kyle addressed the documentary on his radio show, in an attempt to address ‘the elephant in the room’.
He also said he would not be commenting on Dymond’s death until the legal process concludes.
Speaking on his talkRadio show, Kyle said: "[I’ve had] a couple of texts already talking about a certain programme that was on television last night.
Yes, I am fully aware."
He continued: "I will say only this, my friends, to you. I have maintained a consistent approach over the last three years. I have said that I will not comment on the tragic death of Steve Dymond until the legal process is finished, and that is a position that I will maintain.
"When, and trust me there will be a time after the inquest, when it is proper for me to have my say, because there are two sides to every story. I will do it here, and I will do it to you, and that is the most important thing."
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