Jeremy Kyle turns down request by MPs to face grilling

Jeremy Kyle has turned down a request to appear before MPs investigating reality TV.

ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show in May, following the death of participant Steve Dymond.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee then launched an inquiry into reality TV.

Senior executives involved in the show will appear in front of MPs next week, but the star's representatives told the committee he would not give evidence.

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Damian Collins said he believed Jeremy Kyle was an 'important witness' for the DCMS Committee (Gareth Fuller/PA)

DCMS Committee chairman Damian Collins said: "The Jeremy Kyle Show is an important programme we will be looking at as part of the inquiry into reality television.

"We believe that Jeremy Kyle himself should be an important witness to that, as the show is based around him as the lead presenter of it.

"We have sent an invitation to Mr Kyle through his representatives and we have received word back from them that he has declined to appear in front of the committee on Tuesday next week.

"We believe that Mr Kyle is an important witness to the committee in its work and we will be pursuing this matter with Mr Kyle's representatives to see if we can find a date when he will appear or to understand fully the reasons why he is not able to appear.

"We will make a further statement once those discussions have concluded."

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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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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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Outstanding.

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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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At the hearing on June 25, the committee will hear from ITV's chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette and chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall.

The MPs will also question Tom McLennan, the executive director of The Jeremy Kyle Show, and Graham Stanier who is director of aftercare at ITV and responsible for the welfare of participants in the show, Mr Collins said.

The inquiry will invite a range of former participants and programme-makers to give evidence over the coming months.

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

The construction worker was found in his room in Portsmouth on May 9 after splitting from on-off fiancee Jane Callaghan.

His death came amid growing scrutiny over the duty of care reality TV shows have to participants.

Love Island has returned to ITV2 after coming under increased scrutiny over the show's aftercare following the deaths of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

ITV recently announced an enhanced duty of care process for participants on the show, including a minimum of eight therapy sessions for contestants.

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