Piers Morgan defends 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' after the death of one of its guests

Chris Edwards
Piers Morgan has defended The Jeremy Kyle Show in wake of its suspension (ITV)

Piers Morgan has defended The Jeremy Kyle Show following its suspension after the tragic death of one of its guests.

The ITV show has been taken off the air after Steve Dymond was found dead at his home just days after failing a lie detector test.

However, Morgan has insisted that guests voluntarily go on television and are fully aware of the risks of going on programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island.

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Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Morgan said: "Ultimately the issue, it seems to me, seeing this with two Love Island contestants who took their lives and now this tragedy on The Jeremy Kyle Show, these people are going on television... no one is forcing them to. It raises a lot of complex issues on whether they are up for doing it.

The presenter went on to question if show bosses can do much more to help contestants.

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been taken off air after the death of a guest, just weeks after filming (Credit: ITV)

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"You can check people as much as they like but ultimately if they want to do it, they know the show they’re appearing on and they know what will happen,” he said.

"It’s hard, with so many shows on television, to know how you could stop any risk really of any side effects of a negative way of people who would appear on television."

Morgan discussed the issue with Lord Alan Sugar, who detailed The Apprentice’s extensive aftercare programme before adding: The Jeremy Kyle Show is a different kettle of fish, unfortunately.

“The format is completely different. It is brought to TV because it is good television. It's perhaps not what I think is good television.

"Love Island, I have no idea why it drove those people to die. I don’t know if there's any correlation between that or not. Certainly on our show these people are looked after very well."