ITV ‘draws up plans to bring back Jeremy Kyle back for TWO new projects including a secret camera show’ despite controversy after guest ‘took his own life’
The 56-year-old presenter will front a new ITV show called The Kyle Files in 2020
And ideas being bandied around by ITV executives for another Kyle fronted show
It comes after The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed after the death of Steve Dymond
Jeremy Kyle is set to return with two new programmes just weeks after his show was axed after a guest died in a suspected suicide.
The presenter will front a new show called The Kyle Files, which will utilise secret filming to deal with social issues, as reported by The Daily Mirror.
Ideas are currently being bandied around by ITV executives for the other programme after the 56-year-old’s previous show, The Jeremy Kyle Show, was cancelled.
A source said: ‘The Kyle Files will be back as usual in early 2020 and another show is being sought for him.’
In May a furious row erupted over the ITV show after Steve Dymond, 63, was found dead days after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show after telling relatives the presenter had ‘really laid into’ him.
MPs, psychiatrists and experts urged the broadcaster to scrap its ‘theatre of cruelty’ permanently forcing ITV to call time on the show for good.
In an emotional phone call following filming, Stephen Dymond had told his son Carl that Mr Kyle had ‘ripped into him’ on stage.
Carl said: ‘Steve told me ‘Kyle really laid into me’. Presumably that was at the point when they announced the lie detector result.’
The 63-year-old was left distraught after failing a lie detector test over claims he had cheated on his fiancée, Jane Callaghan.
A week later he died in a suspected suicide. Mr Dymond’s landlady told the Mail he was deeply upset after appearing on the programme and also claimed Mr Kyle ripped into him on set.
A small group of mourners attended the ‘community funeral’ for construction worker Steve Dymond at Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on Thursday.
Mr Dymond’s death comes amid growing scrutiny of the duty of care that reality TV shows have towards participants.
ITV recently announced an enhanced duty of care process for participants on Love Island, including a minimum of eight therapy sessions for contestants.
Presenter Kyle previously said he is ‘utterly devastated’ by the death of Mr Dymond.
‘Myself and the production team I worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events,’ he said.
‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family at this incredibly sad time.’