The Jeremy Kyle Show (partially found episodes and online content of British daytime talk show; 2005-2019)

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The show's title card.

Status: Partially Found

The Jeremy Kyle Show was a British daytime talk show hosted by broadcaster, journalist and writer Jeremy Kyle. Broadcast on ITV from 2005 to 2019, it involved Kyle and guests attempting to resolve various disputes, including cheating and theft allegations, DNA tests, and addiction.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Jeremy Kyle Show was created in 2005 in response to the Trisha Goddard show being moved to Channel 5 in 2004.[1] This talk show was based around guests confronting one another in front of a live audience about personal issues that have caused tension,[2] like cheating and theft allegations that often resulted in the usage of lie detectors and DNA tests to determine the truth. Kyle would provide advice and often confront guests if he felt they acted in ways he felt were morally wrong. He would be assisted by psychotherapist Graham Stanier, who assisted the guests throughout their time on the show, and was often responsible for booking many with addiction and gambling issues into residential and rehabilitation programs.[3]

The show ran for 17 series with 3,320 episodes being broadcast.[4] It was generally at the centre of ITV's morning schedule, often earning consistently high ratings for the broadcaster. Additionally, it had popular social media pages, including for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where it had over 1.6 million subscribers for YouTube and over 380,000 Twitter followers.[5] The show was not without its controversies however, with The Jeremy Kyle Show being criticised for being exploitive, including on how it treated vulnerable members of the public, with allegations back in 2007 that interviewees were piled with alcohol. A judge, who preceded over a case where one of the show's guests headbutted another in front of the cameras, described it as "human bear-baiting", with similar criticism coming from The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, who called for an ITV review on how the show treated guests.[6]

Cancellation and Content Purge[edit | edit source]

On 13th May, 2019, The Jeremy Kyle Show was suspended following the suicide of guest Steve Dymond on the 9th that same month.[7] Two days later, ITV announced that the show would be completely cancelled in light of the news, and believing that after 14 years, it was the "right time" for the show to end.[8] Not only would the show be permanently taken off-air by the broadcaster, including on ITV Hub, ITV also ordered that its official online channels be completely removed, including its official website.[9][10] Essentially, ITV had removed virtually all traces of the show.[11]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Because of the swift purge of content, much of The Jeremy Kyle Show, including its broadcasted episodes, segments that were set to air before the show was cancelled, and its online content are now considered lost media. Of 3,320 episodes, less than 25% can be found online, with many being uploaded through Dailymotion. A Reddit user claimed to have found a website that held 124 episodes, although they did not provide any links to the videos.[12] The fact that the show regularly aired during daytime television and was often repeated prior to cancellation does bring the possibility that most episodes were recorded, and that they may resurface one day.

Regarding the show's online content, it is estimated the YouTube channel had over 11,000 videos containing clips of the show, exclusive content, and of the US spin-off The Jeremy Kyle Show USA.[13] While it is possible that someone archived the channel prior to it being deleted, few remnants of the channel are currently publicly accessible. Likewise, little social media and official website content are known to have resurfaced.

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