Jeremy Kyle ducks Commons inquiry into reality TV after guest death
Jeremy Kyle has snubbed an invitation from MPs to give evidence about about his axed show following the death of a guest.
The acerbic talkshow host has declined an invitiation to be questioned about the impact of reality TV in the UK by the Commons' influential Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been off-air since the death of 63-year-old Steve Dymond, who had reportedly appeared to take a lie-detector test to prove he had not been cheating on his partner.
Other senior executives from the daytime show have agreed to appear before MPs to discuss how reality TV shows are safeguarding their guests.
Committee chair Damian Collins, said: “The Jeremy Kyle show is an important programme as part of our inquiry into reality TV. We’ll start our inquiry by questioning the leaders of ITV and the executive producer of the Jeremy Kyle show next week.
“We believe that Jeremy Kyle himself is an important witness. We sent an invitation through his representatives, and we have now heard that he has declined to appear."
He added: "We will be pursuing this matter with his representatives to fully understand the reasons why he has declined and we will make a further statement in due course.”
The Committee announced its inquiry just hours after broadcaster ITV confirmed it had shelved the show following Mr Dymond's death, with former participants and staff set to give evidence to the MPs.
Reality TV shows have come under increasing pressure to ensure they are providing guests with sufficient aftercare.
Concerns have also been raised about ITV hit show, Love Island, following the deaths of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.