Actress Danniella Westbrook defends The Jeremy Kyle Show

Actress Danniella Westbrook defends The Jeremy Kyle show

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The former Eastenders actress has defended The Jeremy Kyle Show saying that the show helped her get over her drug addiction.

ITV announced on Wednesday morning that the show has been permanently cancelled following the death of a guest.

Danniella Westbrook told talkRADIO’s Julia Bradbury that shows like ITV’s Love Island should be cancelled instead.

“I have had a friend of mine, Mike, die on that show. We can go on screaming and shouting about Jeremy Kyle telling people to pay their child maintenance or stop having affairs but we are advocating a show that has people laying around in bikinis in the hopes of finding a husband,” she said.

“These people don’t actually have a talent and then have major mental health issues. Shows like that should go. All these shows that shame people should go.”

Mike Thalassitis took his own life in March this year after appearing on the 2017 series of Love Island.

However, Westbook said that the show could have been conducted in a “kinder way”.

“At the end of the day if we can spread a message of solution and get people well then I think it is good,” she said.

“But, sometimes it could be done in a kinder way than screaming and shouting at each other then that would be great.”

Danny Fuller, who has been on The Jeremy Kyle Show five times, told Julia that never met anyone who was medically trained on the show.

He added: “You hear from Graham, the psychotherapist, for about two minutes during the show, after that you never hear from him again.

“You never hear anything from the after-care team within the studios itself.

“After the show, you might get a phone call a couple of weeks later.

“They’ll ask how you are etc and then next minute, they are trying to get you back on another show.”

In a statement, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said they had decided to end the show “given the gravity of recent events”.

She added: "The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.

"Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."

The broadcaster said that it will continue to work with Kyle on other projects.

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