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Should the Jeremy Kyle show be axed?

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janeainsworth Tue 14-May-19 13:27:26

Jeremy Kyle: MP calls for ITV show to be axed for good
disclaimer <I have never watched the Jeremy Kyle show>

Following the suicide of a participant, there have been calls for the show to be axed on the grounds that it exploits vulnerable people.

But don’t a lot of programmes do that?

What about the harrowing interviews of people whose lives have been ripped apart by tragedy, crime or natural disaster?

If the Jeremy Kyle show is axed, shouldn’t the broadcast media take a long hard look at themselves in the way they report other things?

janeainsworth Tue 14-May-19 13:28:02

Sara65 Tue 14-May-19 13:36:54

It seems ever time you switch on the television, someone is being exploited, be it benefits programs, debt programs, I’ve never watched Jeremy Kyle either, but if that has to go, so do all the others!

OurKid1 Tue 14-May-19 14:12:43

Yes, it should be. Kyle is a bully, an inept presenter - he repeats the same phrases over and over again e.g. "put something on the end of it," "I know I am getting old but ..." and so on. The show has become a promotion of him and his style; the participants seemingly being regarded as collateral damage.

OurKid1 Tue 14-May-19 14:14:45

Before anyone points out that I must be a viewer - I was, for a while, but no longer, since I realised how exploitative it is. Didn't take me long.

Beckett Tue 14-May-19 14:49:22

It is being reported the man who killed himself did so because he failed a lie detector test on JK show. There is a reason lie detector results are not admitted in UK courts - because they are unreliable. JK presents the results as fact.

Having seen a couple of these programmes I think JK is a bully who happily shouts at and insults people, knowing he has a couple of strong men in the background to protect him. The audience is also sickening, almost baying for blood. They remind me of the stories of the women who used to sit by the guillotine knitting.

grumppa Tue 14-May-19 14:51:31

Yes it should be. I have seen it occasionally, and it is vile.

maryeliza54 Tue 14-May-19 14:53:36

The show should be axed along with the vile people in the audience baying along and the people at home watching who are gorging on human misery.

Sara65 Tue 14-May-19 14:58:27

But knowing all of this, why in the world would anyone humiliate themselves by going on the program?

janeainsworth Tue 14-May-19 14:58:47

maryeliza that’s what I can’t understand, the baying and the gorging in human misery. It’s said to be the most popular show on daytime television. What does that say about our society?
Perhaps only that not many people actually watch daytime television - but perhaps it says more about common decency or the lack of it in our country.

Oldwoman70 Tue 14-May-19 14:59:38

Should definitely be axed. Most of the people who appear are vulnerable and in many cases not that well educated - Kyle isn't interested in helping them, only in boosting his ratings.

EllanVannin Tue 14-May-19 15:00:03

A big fat Yes ! I never watch the show, I either read about it or hear about the dross who attend it and as far as I can understand it encourages misery and a lot of anger to erupt. We don't need " shows " like this as there's enough anger about as it is.

Cherrytree59 Tue 14-May-19 15:11:01

Yep Jeremy Kyle should take his vile show and sling his hook.
As should the Television production company.

Car Crash TV for
Rubber -Neckers

Sussexborn Tue 14-May-19 15:11:25

It was bound to happen the way that often vulnerable people are exploited. Same goes for most of the reality shows. No sensible person would open themselves up to the manipulative tv producers but some are desperate for their five minutes of fame and hang the consequences. My daughter used to work with a couple who were regulars on a similar show. The team coached them on the subject matter and they then made up a pack of lies to suit. They weren’t actually paid but would be put up in a decent hotel and given gifts such as microwaves. The celebrity ones are almost as bad as the people are so desperate to rekindle their failing careers that they sacrifice their pride and self esteem. Fame seems to be like an addictive drug. I don’t even like having my photo taken so find these people quite bemusing.

maryeliza54 Tue 14-May-19 15:13:09

Yes jane. It has audiences of about 1m and is ITVs most popular daytime show. But as said upthread there are other shows which also feed this need in a certain type of person. Atm on GN I would say there’s also a lack of common decency on certain threads - it’s damn depressing.

Sussexborn Tue 14-May-19 15:15:58

Should have said that I have never watched any of these programmes. When I worked on a dialysis unit one of the patients was obsessed and would have a real hissy fit if any other channel was put on. Really boring for the other six patients.

Oldwoman70 Tue 14-May-19 15:30:34

I wonder if it gives the watchers a sense of superiority - no matter how messed up their own lives are there is someone even more dysfunctional.

KatyK Tue 14-May-19 15:44:34

The way Jeremy Kyle talks to people is appalling.

FlexibleFriend Tue 14-May-19 15:58:16

I've seen it a few times so wouldn't miss it but I don't think it should be banned. The people who go on it know what it's like and happily agree to take the fee and the abuse that goes with it. without programmes like this I wouldn't know people like these existed. Their lives certainly ain't great but they could change them if they wanted to, no one makes them make the choices they do. Live and let live I say.

Happiyogi Tue 14-May-19 16:01:02

Yes, it should go. It's not the type of "entertainment" we need.

M0nica Tue 14-May-19 16:01:05

I ave never seen the show but it sounds to me to be the human equivalent of bear baiting and dog fighting and those were both banned in the mid 19th century. I expect there were arguments then that the bears and dogs 'enjoyed' it.

A show like this should not exist in a country that considers itself to be civilised

leyla Tue 14-May-19 16:05:18

I'm always surprised that it's still running. It's so boring! I am of course very sorry that this has happened but these people do sign up to do it.

eazybee Tue 14-May-19 16:10:21

I have never watched it, but I have seen close ups on the monitors when I used the gym, and the hatred and venom on the participants faces, and the audience's delight as they howl at the misery of others is deeply disturbing.

I think it should be stopped, but it will no doubt be replaced with something even more unedifying. As long as there is an audience for this type of programme, people will choose to appear on it.

janeainsworth Tue 14-May-19 16:53:25

Flexible Do you think that broadcasters have no responsibility to set and maintain standards of decency?
I’m not talking about porn here, or soaps.
I’m talking about exploiting vulnerable people interviewed on news items with what often seems to be ghoulish probing, when they are bound to be in a highly emotional state and then later regret giving their consent to be interviewed.
Sometimes watching the news I’m reminded of Drop the Dead Donkey, except that was a comedy show. In real life it’s not funny at all.

Gonegirl Tue 14-May-19 17:17:32

On news programmes they don't deliberately set out to make the person look stupid, which it sounds as though Kyle does.

Watched it once for about five minutes, years ago. Quite a enough thank you.

Feel so sorry for that poor man.

Yes it should go. Should have gone long ago.