Mental health campaigners have questioned whether the UK's Jeremy Kyle Show can ever be safe. They suggest that our desire for reality TV has led us down a dark and twisted path where a programme on which contestants are mocked by viewers based on their class, background and appearance remains such a huge draw.
Apparently the shouting and screaming and fractious arguments presented for our titillation have been a concern for some time.
There are many accounts of the treatment of guests who have appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show. One former guest said that his appearance on the show was "the worst thing hat has ever happened in his life".
Another previous guest on the show, a 62-year-old man, was found dead days after failing a lie-detector test on the programme when the show's presenter had literally "ripped into him" on stage.
A TV producer who was subsequently hired to to investigate mental health issues associated with the show and to film behind the scenes concluded that "It was distressing to see so many worlds torn apart and so little done to mend them afterwards."
National media has suggested that the Jeremy Kyle show is "toxic telly" and television bosses must axe it.
Jeremy Kyle reacted to the news that his show might be axed by claiming TV bosses are making him a scapegoat.
Do you watch the Jeremy Kyle show and do you agree it should be axed?
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