A new Jeremy Kyle style show is looking for contestants just five weeks after the original series was cancelled when a guest was found dead following a lie detector test said he had cheated on his fiancée.
Posts spotted from ITV researchers on social media called for partners who had been unfaithful, or had been cheated on, to come forward and speak about their affairs on national TV.
It advertised for ‘audience members’ to share their opinion on a ‘new UK celebrity panel/debate show.’
Posts spotted from ITV on social media called for partners who had been unfaithful, or had been cheated on, to speak about their affairs on national TV
The Jeremy Kyle Show, pictured, was axed in May amid concerns about their duty of care for guests following the suicide of a guest
One of the posts read: ‘We are looking for people who have cheated, people who are cheating, the other woman/man, a serial victim of cheating, couples in open relationships and a couple who survived an affair.’
Another post asked Facebook users: ‘Are you sleeping with a married man? ITV are looking for people who are open to talk about their love lives to take part in an exciting new entertainment show!’
In May a furious row erupted over the ITV show after Steve Dymond, 63, was found dead days after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show after telling relatives the presenter had ‘really laid into’ him.
Posts to social media call for people who have experienced affairs in their relationships to appear on the new show
MPs, psychiatrists and experts urged the broadcaster to scrap its ‘theatre of cruelty’ permanently forcing ITV to call time on the show for good.
In an emotional phone call following filming, Stephen Dymond had told his son Carl that Mr Kyle had ‘ripped into him’ on stage.
Carl said: ‘Steve told me ‘Kyle really laid into me’. Presumably that was at the point when they announced the lie detector result.’
The 63-year-old was left distraught after failing a lie detector test over claims he had cheated on his fiancée.
Construction worker Steve Dymond, pictured, was found dead in his rented flat in the city on May 9 by his landlady Michelle Thaxter and her son Sam Kendall
A week later he died in a suspected suicide. Mr Dymond’s landlady told the Mail he was deeply upset after appearing on the programme and also claimed Mr Kyle ripped into him on set.
A small group of mourners attended the ‘community funeral’ for construction worker Steve Dymond at Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on Thursday.
Mr Dymond, who had lived in Gosport before being found dead in Portsmouth, first split with Ms Callaghan around February time
An inquest last month heard that Mr Dymond told his landlady he had gone on The Jeremy Kyle Show for a lie detector test to show he had not been cheating on Ms Callaghan.
He had said he was worried about the repercussions of the show and the subsequent rumours.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has since been axed and Mr Dymond’s death comes amid growing scrutiny of the duty of care that reality TV shows have towards participants.
However the drive for a new show to fill the day time TV slot that was long occupied by The Jeremy Kyle show – with good viewing figures – has left ITV searching for the next best thing.
Currently the show has been replaced by Tenable, a game show, where players can win a jackpot of £125,000 – however the show has failed to draw the same viewer numbers as the drama of The Jeremy Kyle show.
An ITV spokesman told The Mirror: ‘As a broadcaster we are always developing and piloting potential programme ideas for the schedule.
‘Tenable is airing from 9.25-10.30am and any further changes to the schedule will be announced in due course.’
A show insider said to The Mirror: ‘The show bosses are not planning anything conflict-based like Jeremy Kyle. They don’t want to rock the boat.’
Kevin McCarthy, the brother of alcoholic ex-boxer Paul, 31, who killed himself four months after an appearance on the programme, told The Mirror he was shocked that shows like it continued to be allowed.
He said: ‘How can these shows be allowed?
‘I would not expect anything at all similar to be on TV.’