Piers Morgan defends The Jeremy Kyle Show and insists guests 'aren't forced' into anything
PIERS Morgan has defended The Jeremy Kyle Show and insisted guests 'aren't forced' into anything.
The Good Morning Britain presenter discussed the duty of care reality TV shows have towards members of the public following the death of a guest on the ITV show on today's Good Morning Britain.
Speaking to Lord Alan Sugar, who stars on The Apprentice, Piers 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.
"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."
Lord Sugar replied: "I agree, but in defence of shows like The Apprentice or Britain's Got Talent and so on, it's an ongoing process.
"We have people looking after the candidates all the time, we have a house team who are there watching them all the time.
"The Jeremy Kyle Show is a different kettle of fish, a different format as you know.
"It is good television…it is not perhaps what I would see as good television.
"But on our show, these people are looked after very well."
Lord Sugar also spoke about The Apprentice's recruitment process, and explained how every candidate has to see a psychiatrist before they make it on to the programme.
He said: "They have to talk about their past life and whether they can take the stress and all that.
"The BBC and I'm sure at ITV, they have a duty of care that they can't let people enter the process if they can't deal with the pressure."
The interview came a day after The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled indefinitely following the death of a guest just days after appearing on the programme.
The Sun's Bizarre column exclusively revealed how Steve Dymond, 63, failed a love-cheat lie detector test on the show, and died of a drug overdose days later.
Steve took the test on the ITV show to convince fiancée Jane Callaghan he had not been unfaithful, but they split after he failed.
Pals fear Steve took his own life, although he did have underlying health worries.
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