Jeremy Kyle at Radio Festival 2010
|Born||7 July 1965|
Reading, Berkshire, England
|Alma mater||University of Surrey|
|Years active||1996– present|
(m. 1989; div. 1991)
(m. 2003; div. 2016)
Jeremy Kyle (born 7 July 1965) is an English television host, journalist and writer. He is known for hosting the tabloid talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show on ITV from 2005 to 2019. Kyle hosted a U.S. version of his eponymous show, which ran for two seasons beginning in 2011.
Kyle was born in Reading, Berkshire, and is of Scottish descent. His father was an accountant and personal secretary to the Queen Mother for forty years. Kyle has an older brother, Nick, who Kyle said later became a drug addict.
From 1986 to 1995, Kyle worked as a life insurance salesman, recruitment consultant, and radio advertising salesman. He then became a radio presenter and after working at Orchard FM in Taunton, Somerset, and Leicester Sound in Leicester, he was signed by Kent's Invicta FM in 1996. In 1997, he joined BRMB in Birmingham, presenting the shows Late & Live and Jezza's Jukebox.
In 2000, Kyle moved to the Century FM network, taking this format with him. The show was called Jezza's Confessions. It was broadcast between 9 pm and 1 am. He won a Sony Award for Late & Live in 2001. On 1 July 2002, he made his first broadcast on Virgin Radio, presenting Jezza's Virgin Confessions every weekday from 8 pm to midnight. In mid-2003, he broadcast the show from 9 pm to 1 am every weekday, and in January 2004 the show went out from 10 pm to 1 am, Sunday to Thursday. He left Virgin Radio in June 2004. From 5 September 2004, Kyle presented the Confessions show on London's Capital FM. The new programme aired Sunday to Thursday from 10 pm to 1 am with live calls on relationship issues of all kinds. Capital Confessions came to an end on 22 December 2005 to make way for The Jeremy Kyle Show, a similar show which ran from January 2006 to December 2006.
In late 2007, Kyle began a new show (The Jeremy Kyle Show), broadcasting across GCap Media's One Network, of which Orchard FM, Invicta FM and BRMB, his previous employers, were a part. The programme differed from his previous shows in that he interviewed celebrities. Kyle also began broadcasting a new programme, on Essex FM, in November 2007. Kyle joined Talksport on 21 September 2008 to present a lunchtime sports show every Sunday called The Jeremy Kyle Sunday Sports Show. As a result of Talksport's Premiership coverage on a Sunday, Kyle's show was cancelled, and he left the station.
In September 2007, Manchester judge Alan Berg described The Jeremy Kyle Show as trash which existed to "titillate bored members of the public with nothing better to do". He went on to say: "It seems to me that the purpose of this show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil. It is human bear-baiting." The judge characterised it as such "after a husband was provoked into headbutting his wife's lover in front of Kyle's studio audience".
In February 2008, The Jeremy Kyle Show was again criticised in court after a man who found out during the recording of a show that he was not the father of his wife's child later pointed an air rifle at her. Other shows Kyle is involved with include Kyle's Academy, a ten-part series for ITV daytime which first aired on 18 June 2007. A team of experts (life coaches and psychotherapists), headed by Kyle, takes five people and works with them over an intensive fortnight to help them on the road to a happier more fulfilled life. Kyle has also presented Half Ton Hospital, a show about morbidly obese people in the United States.
On 19 April 2011, Kyle began presenting a documentary series called Military Driving School, where he visited the Defence School of Transport in Yorkshire, following a group of new recruits as they undergo training as front line military drivers. In 2011, he was the presenter of the ITV game show High Stakes. Billed as a game of "knowledge, risk, and tension", the show involves participants answering questions and stepping on the correct six squares on a grid in order to avoid trap numbers.
Since 2015, Kyle has presented two series of The Kyle Files, a primetime show on ITV. In 2015, he fronted a ten-part daytime series called Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room. The show returned for a second series in March 2016. Since March 2016, Kyle has guest presented ITV's breakfast programme Good Morning Britain.
In May 2019, the recording and broadcast of The Jeremy Kyle Show was suspended after a guest died shortly after appearing in an episode of the series. A review of the episode occurred before any resumption of the programme's transmission, and on 15 May 2019, ITV confirmed that the series had ceased production with immediate effect. It has since been revealed that more guests had committed suicide following their appearances in this and another programme hosted by Kyle on Channel 5, Britain's Worst Husband.
Kyle began developing a new show for ITV three months after The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled. ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said a pilot episode was being made with Kyle, but the new show wouldn't air in The Jeremy Kyle Show's old timeslot.
Kyle writes a column for Pick Me Up, a women's weekly magazine published by IPC. In his column, titled "Jeremy Kyle Says...", Kyle adopts a frank style in responding to readers' problems that at times resembles the approach he takes on The Jeremy Kyle Show. In 2009, Kyle wrote his first book, I'm Only Being Honest, about Britain's social problems and his views on how to solve them including recounts of his past and personal life.
Kyle's first marriage to Kirsty Rowley in 1989 was short-lived because of his addiction to gambling. From this, he accumulated a debt which peaked at £12,000, and took some years to pay off. He married Carla Germaine in 2002. The couple separated amicably in 2015; they had three children. Their divorce was confirmed the following February. Kyle also has a daughter from his first marriage.
In June 2018, Kyle became a grandfather when his eldest daughter gave birth to a girl.
In late 2012, Kyle was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He received chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the affected testicle. He was given the all-clear following surgery and returned to presenting The Jeremy Kyle Show; the recording of the show had been put on hold while Kyle underwent treatment. Kyle has also had a burst appendix.
|2005–2019||The Jeremy Kyle Show||Presenter|
|2006||An Audience with Coronation Street||Guest|
|2007||Coronation Street Confidential|
|2009||The Fattest Man in Britain||Presenter|
|2010||This Morning Summer|
|2011||Military Driving School|
|2011–13||The Jeremy Kyle Show USA|
|2013||Sunday Scoop||Guest presenter|
|2013–15||Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway||Various roles|
|2014||Celebrity Jeremy Kyle||Presenter|
|2015–17||Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room|
|2015–present||The Kyle Files|
|2015||World Championships Snooker||Celebrity Player|
|2016–present||Good Morning Britain||Stand-in presenter|
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