2019 is probably the end of the world as we know it. Big changes are coming. People are going to suffer. It is the end of an era. Relationships built up over years are being potentially ripped apart.
What? Brexit? Nah, f*** that. I’m talking about The Jeremy Kyle Show!
This year is seeing the end of some of the greats: Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory have also finished this year. They had to end some time though, we couldn’t have had wars between the Starks and Lannisters forever and there is only so long that Penny can be the sexy, young blonde. But The Jeremy Kyle Show…
The circumstances which led to the sudden cancelation were undeniably tragic. Suicide should never be taken lightly and ITV were right to hold an inquest (still waiting for the inquest in to Love Island though…) But there is absolute uproar that not only have the new episodes been cancelled weekdays at 9:25am, but the ITV2 repeat episodes have also been taken off. I never realised this until I had a baby, but they were also on at 4/5am too. Those early morning episodes were needed!
It has been on our screens since 2005. That is fourteen years of dominating our TV screens. Everyone has heard of it, most people have watched it and a hell of a lot of people love it. Whether you were there for the entertainment value or were wanting to appear on the show, it will go down in history as one of the most successful daytime shows ever.
Yes, we probably found it entertaining for the wrong reasons, but Jeremy Kyle could do the one thing that we all were afraid to do… shout in the face of a benefit scrounging scroat who had no intention of working or paying for his countless illegitimate children. Those people, unfortunately, exist and needed someone to kick them up the arse and publicly shame them. He outed cheaters, liars and thieves which was dramatic, chaotic and we were all hungry and waiting for the results card to be read out. Occasionally we were shocked… they were telling the truth, and Jeremy Kyle, you can’t deny, would always apologise if he got it wrong.
As much as we loved the drama, we were also moved to tears by the other style of episodes. When someone is brought on to do a public appeal to find long lost family, unaware that the family had already been found and then brought out on stage to be reunited. The children with incurable diseases brought on to raise awareness who he always had special presents and plenty of hugs for. The drug addict or alcoholic at rock bottom who sees no way of changing, sent off to rehab. The families torn apart through doubts of DNA who are brought back together through testing. All of this funded by The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Yes, it was known for it’s chavvy guests airing their dirty laundry in public, but it was part of our culture. I was seventeen when it started and I fell in love with it. Now, at thirty-one, I will never watch it again. I am sad. More so than I am that Game of Thrones is ending. Had it been announced ‘the final ever series of The Jeremy Kyle Show’ then it would have softened the blow. Had we still been able to watch reruns on ITV2 that would have sufficed. But it has been taken away, snatched in it’s entirety forever. For a lot of people, that is a hard pill to swallow.
I am not ashamed that I loved the show. And I do believe it has been used as a scapegoat for the ITV. It was trashy TV, but we love trashy TV. It is our guilty pleasure. I don’t want the middle class dominating my TV screen. That isn’t the life I see on a daily basis. ITV had the perfect set up: Good Morning Britain, early morning news keeping us up to date with politics and vegan sausage rolls; Lorraine, keeping us up to date with entertainment and fashion; The Jeremy Kyle Show, bringing us back to reality; and finally This Morning, the show that gives us… well, everything else.
There will be a huge void in TV now. I don’t think ITV will take it back. I hope somewhere like Channel 5 picks it up and brings it back to life.