Katie Hopkins (Picture: Getty)Katie Hopkins has called out ITV for pulling The Jeremy Kyle Show off the air following the death of a guest by apparent suicide while ‘cash cow’ Love Island continues despite the deaths of two former contestants who also took their own lives.
Hopkins, 44, posted statistics of both shows side by side, comparing the number of episodes versus the number of deaths from each.
She posted to her 934.8k followers: ‘Jeremy Kyle Show 3320 episodes. 16 series. 1 death – suspected suicide. ITV pull show. Mass hysteria. The mob mobilises.
‘Love Island 148 episodes. 4 series. 2 deaths – suspected suicide.
‘ITV celebrate success. Most watched non-terrestrial program. 2019 promo underway.’
63-year-old Steven Dymond was found dead last week just days after he filmed an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show and was said to have been distraught afterwards due to failing a lie detector test.
ITV immediately suspended the talk show and pulled all past episodes off the ITV Hub and said they were ‘shocked and saddened’ at the death and the episode will be reviewed due to the ‘seriousness of this event’.
There have also been calls to axe the show completely.
The tragedy occurred just as ITV reality series Love Island is due to kick off for the summer early next month.
Love Island, though hugely popular and successful, has been marred by controversy as two former contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis both died by suicide, sparking a massive debate around the aftercare provided to those who appear on the series.
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In a further tweet, Hopkins wished the team at The Jeremy Kyle Show well claiming that the broadcaster had ‘thrown [them] to the wolves’.
‘Dear @ITVJeremyKyle I would like to wish you and the team well and assure you that people see through this latest media play. @ITV have thrown you to the wolves to protect their cash cow – @LoveIsland.
‘People make choices. They need to own them xx.’
Many comments on the tweets seem to agree with Hopkins, with one person writing: ‘I rarely agree with anything you say, but this is a very good point.’
While another added: ‘Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Haven’t concurred with Katie Hopkins in such a long time.’
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been suspended indefinitely and Love Island starts on June 3.
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