The Jeremy Kyle Show (partially found American spin-off of British daytime talk show; 2011-2013)

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The show's title card.

Status: Partially Found

The Jeremy Kyle Show (also known as The Jeremy Kyle Show USA) was an American spin-off of the ITV daytime talk show hosted by broadcaster, journalist and writer Jeremy Kyle. Broadcast primarily on affiliates of Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV from 2011 to 2013, and regularly on ITV in the UK, it involved Kyle and guests attempting to resolve various disputes, including cheating and theft allegations, DNA tests, and addiction.

Background[edit | edit source]

Following the news that The Oprah Winfrey Show was set to cease finish producing episodes in 2011, Fox and other syndicators were looking for its replacement.[1] Ultimately, in January 2010, following the success of The Jeremy Kyle Show in the United Kingdom, Fox negotiated with ITV and Debmar-Mercury to a produce a US spin-off featuring Kyle, with both organisations co-producing and distributing the show.[2] The premise was naturally similar to the British original, with guests confronting one another in front of Kyle and a live audience about personal issues that have caused tension,[3] like cheating and theft allegations that often resulted in the usage of lie detectors and DNA tests to determine the truth. This time, Kyle would be assisted by psychiatrist Dr Janet Taylor, who similar to Graham Stanier would assist the guests throughout their time on the show.[4]

The first episodes would be broadcast in September 2011.[5] Unlike the British show, the American spin-off generally struggled to obtain the ratings Debmar-Mercury desired. Initially, the show performed well enough for Debmar-Mercury to renew it for a second season on 17th November, 2011, where successful negotiations with top Fox and Sinclair stations near the show was accessible across half of America. Then Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein were initially positive about the show, particularly praising Kyle for being a compelling, fresh host with the staying power and ability needed to build a long-term franchise.[6]

However, midway through the show's second season, on 18th December, 2012, the company confirmed that it would not renew the show for a third season, citing poor ratings as the reason behind this. The final episode aired on 21st May, 2013. Overall, the show produced 300 episodes, and ratings typically were around the 0.5 mark. The fact that the show was renewed for a second season in spite of the ratings was most likely because of its high international popularity, which may have made it financially sustainable for Debmar-Mercury.[7] The spin-off nevertheless aired routinely on ITV channels years after it was cancelled.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Prior to May 2019, most episodes of The Jeremy Kyle Show were publicly accessible thanks to being routinely broadcast by ITV and for having many clips be uploaded online. However, this changed on 15th May, 2019, when ITV announced the cancellation of the British show following the suicide of guest Steve Dymond six days earlier.[8] ITV not only ceased broadcasting episodes of both shows, it completely removed all traces, including deleting the YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts that contained clips of the British and American shows, and all episodes from ITV Hub.[9] Additionally, the American spin-off remains inaccessible to UK Amazon Prime viewers despite 144 episodes being added to the platform.[10] Usage of VPN across all continents also does not result in the episodes becoming available.

Thus, most of the show's library is currently lost media. Nevertheless, the fact it was routinely broadcast on ITV does bring the possibility that episodes were recorded by viewers, and thus could resurface in the future. As of the present day, a few segments can be viewed on Dailymotion.

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Surviving clip originating from The Jeremy Kyle Show YouTube channel.
Surviving clip originating from The Jeremy Kyle Show YouTube channel.
Surviving clip originating from The Jeremy Kyle Show YouTube channel.


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