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ITV Good Morning Britain: Piers Morgan defends ‘friend’ Jeremy Kyle


Famously, the Good Morning Britain host isn’t afraid to let his opinion be known. 

Piers Morgan couldn’t help but weigh in on the news that The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed, following the death of a guest who had appeared on the show. 

The 54-year-old penned an article for the Daily Mail in which he spoke highly of TV host Jeremy Kyle, slamming ITV’s decision to cut the show. 

Piers let the readers know that he considered him a friend, before labelling his pal a “villain-shamer” and a “dispute-fixer”. 

He said: “Full disclosure, I know Kyle well and consider him a friend.

“He’s an intelligent man and highly skilled broadcaster with a genuine fascination about, and empathy for, so-called ‘ordinary people’.”

Likening the 53-year-old to US television personality Jerry Springer, Piers continued to defend the axed presenter. 

Running for 27 seasons, The Jerry Springer Show came to an end last year. 

Similar in style to The Jeremy Kyle Show, it invited guests onstage to battle out their problems in front of a live audience. 

Piers added: “Both men, I think, viewed their primary role as truth-seekers, dispute-fixers, victim-supporters and villain-shamers.

AXED: Jeremy’s namesake show was cut (Pic: ITV)

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BUDDIES: Piers Morgan and Jeremy Kyle watching the racing together in 2018 (Pic: ITV)

“Of course, they knew the entertainment value for viewers would come from lively, animated guests.”

Before finishing: “But the bottom line is that the vast majority of people who watched or appeared on them loved both the shows and the hosts.”

The dad-of-four made it clear that he felt the show was unfairly dropped, claiming that the guests “all knew exactly what they were getting into when they signed up”. 

ITV made the decision to cut the show on Wednesday, breaking the news in a statement released by the network’s chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall.

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DEFENSE: Piers Morgan feels The Jeremy Kyle Show was wrongly axed (Pic: ITV)

Piers Morgan

DEAD: Steve Dymond was found dead days after he appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show (Pic: FACEBOOK / STEVE DYMOND)

It read:  “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

“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.”

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