Jeremy Kyle bosses criticised as ‘irresponsible’ over lie-detector tests

Jeremy Kyle "strongly believed" in lie-detector tests, MPs have heard, as TV bosses were criticised for not knowing enough about them.

MPs are grilling those linked to the programme after the broadcaster axed The Jeremy Kyle Show following the death of participant Steve Dymond.

Mr Dymond, 63, died around a week after reportedly failing a love-cheat lie-detector test on Kyle's confrontational, daytime programme.

MPs said the show was "irresponsible" for using lie-detector tests on the programme.

Tom McLennan, one of the executive producers on the show, said the programme had always "made it very, very clear to viewers and participants of the show that the lie detector is not 100% accurate".

But Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee Chairman Damian Collins said show bosses should know more about their accuracy.

He said it was "astonishing" and "disappointing" that Mr McLennan could not provide the exact level of accuracy of lie-detector tests.

He added: "If it wasn't for the lie-detector test we might not be sitting here today."

Mr McLennan said he was "not a lie-detector expert".

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We've got the lie detector results right here.

It's genuinely devastating.

He got grilled about being a "good father".

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Jermaine Pennant REFUSES to do a lie detector with wife Alice Goodwin on The Jeremy Kyle Show

Who doesn't need Jezza's help?

"I called the police on my salad."

"I called the police on my salad."

Cue the fireworks.

Well, forgetting to bring a ring is a bad start.

Well, forgetting to bring a ring is a bad start.

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Domestic violence victim Geoff appears on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Photo: ITV
ITV have confirmed that The Jeremy Kyle Show has been temporarily cancelled after a guest passed away after filming, with the show instead being replaced by Dickinson's Real Deal. ITV issued a statement about the sad news, writing: "Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends."The show has been cancelled indefinitelyThey continued: "ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured. Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show." The Jeremy Kyle Show has been on the air since 2005, and has aired over 3000 episodes. However, the show has not been without its controversies.A former guest on the show, Chris Lyons, previously opened up to The Guardian about his experiences, explaining: "It ruined my life. All of a sudden, I wasn't Chris Lyons any more. I was just that guy off the Jeremy Kyle show." Terry Carvell was another contestant on the show, and told the newspaper: "To tell you how bad it was: I haven't spoken to anybody in my family for about the last 15 years, but even my family members who saw the programme wrote letters complaining about how badly he'd treated me, and that half of what he said was untrue. We'd been recording for about 20 minutes or so and he said, 'Stand up, big man.' Well, I don't take crap from anybody. So I just looked at him. He got his microphone and he rammed it up under my chin. He was trying to provoke a reaction, and I just stood there. And he said, 'Just for one moment, you wanted to hit me, didn't you?'"
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The executive producer said that viewers "respected Jeremy, they loved Jeremy and they wanted to hear his thoughts ... Jeremy was a fantastic presenter."

The presenter was "always striving for resolution", he said.

He added: "Jeremy did have a strong opinion about the lie detector. He's got very strong views. He strongly believed in the tests."

But Mr Collins said it has "been suggested" that Kyle – who rejected an invitation to appear before the committee – "doesn't have much to say on the format of the programme".

MPs accused the show of "tearing apart" its guests "in a Roman Colosseum like-way", of making "predatory programming and trash television", with presenter Kyle not there "to help" but "to entertain".

ITV initially suspended filming but ended the series after coming under pressure from politicians and the public. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee then launched an inquiry into reality TV.

It also emerged that guests on The Jeremy Kyle Show were warned about the host's "presenting style" before they recorded the programme.

MPs have released documents relating to the now defunct TV show ahead of a grilling of ITV bosses.

They show that participants were told that the long-running programme wanted to "prevent" arguments.

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