Jeremy Kyle

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Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy kyle seated.jpg
Jeremy Kyle at Radio Festival 2010
Born (1965-07-07) 7 July 1965 (age 53)
EducationReading Blue Coat School
Alma materUniversity of Surrey
Years active1996–present
Known forThe Jeremy Kyle Show
High Stakes
Jeremy Kyle Emergency Room
The Kyle Files
  • Kirsty Rowley
    (m. 1989; div. 1991)
  • Carla Germaine
    (m. 2003; div. 2016)

Jeremy Kyle (born 7 July 1965),[1] also referred to as Jezza, is an English television and radio presenter, best known for hosting the tabloid talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show on ITV since 2005. He hosted a U.S. version of his eponymous show, which ran for two seasons starting in 2011.

Early life

Kyle was born in Reading, Berkshire,[1] and is of Scottish descent.[2] His father was an accountant and personal secretary to the Queen Mother.[3] Kyle has one sibling, Nick who Kyle said later became a drug addict.[4]

He attended the Reading Blue Coat School, a boys' independent school in Sonning, Berkshire.[5]

Kyle's first job was at supermarket chain Marks & Spencers.[6] He studied History and Sociology at the University of Surrey in Guildford.[7]

Radio career

From 1986 to 1995, Kyle worked as a life insurance salesman, recruitment consultant, and radio advertising salesman.[5] 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.[8]

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.[5] 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, are 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.[9]

Television career

In 2005, Kyle moved his format to ITV with a programme also entitled The Jeremy Kyle Show.

In September 2007, Manchester judge Alan Berg[10] 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."[11] 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.[12] Other shows Kyle is involved with include Kyle's Academy, a ten-part series for ITV daytime which first aired on 18 June 2007.[12] 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. In December 2009, he played himself in ITV's comedy-drama The Fattest Man in Britain.[citation needed]

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.[13]

Since 2015, Kyle has presented two series of The Kyle Files, a primetime show on ITV.[14] 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.[15][16]

Since March 2016, Kyle has guest presented ITV's breakfast programme Good Morning Britain.[17][18]


Year Title Role
2005–present 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
High Stakes
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–present Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room
The Kyle Files
2015 World Championships Snooker Celebrity Player
2016–present Good Morning Britain Stand-in presenter
2019 Kyle's House Presenter

Writing career

Kyle writes a column for Pick Me Up, a women's weekly magazine published by IPC.[19] In his column, titled Jeremy Kyle Says..., Kyle adopts a frank style in responding to readers' problems that at times closely 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.[20]

Personal life

Kyle is a supporter of West Ham United.[21] Kyle suffers from obsessive–compulsive disorder and has stated this in his book I'm Only Being Honest.[22]

During Kyle's first marriage in the early 1990s, he became addicted to gambling, eventually mounting a debt worth £12,000. Kyle still gambles, though it is now occasional.[4]

In late 2012, Kyle was diagnosed with testicular cancer.[23] 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 before.[6]

In February 2018, Kyle announced his engagement to his girlfriend.[24]


  1. ^ a b Philby, Charlotte (12 June 2010). "My Secret Life: Jeremy Kyle, chat show host, 44". The Independent. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  2. ^ The Jeremy Kyle Show (22 April 2017). "Best of the Scottish - The Jeremy Kyle Show". Retrieved 8 February 2018 – via YouTube. I'm half Scottish.
  3. ^ Jeremy Kyle: I lick phones|Manchester Evening News. (6 June 2009); retrieved 24 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Interview: Jeremy Kyle". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  5. ^ a b c Silver, James (29 May 2006). "Call me Jezza". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 March 2009.
  6. ^ a b Greenstreet, Rosanna (2010-07-02). "Q&A: Jeremy Kyle". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  7. ^ Burrell, Ian. "Jeremy Kyle: Judge, jury and exploiter?". The Independent. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Jeremy 'Jezza' Kyle". NMP Live. Retrieved 9 March 2009.
  9. ^ Radio Shows.
  10. ^ Burrell, Ian (3 April 2013) The Jeremy Kyle show 'turned Mick Philpott into a celebrity', The Independent; accessed 6 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Judge blasts Kyle show as 'trash'". BBC News. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  12. ^ a b "Attack after Kyle show 'tragedy'", BBC News, 13 February 2008; retrieved 24 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Jeremy Kyle to host ITV1 gameshow 'High Stakes'"., 19 July 2011; retrieved 24 August 2011.
  14. ^ "The Kyle Files". "ITV Press Centre". Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  15. ^ "Jeremy Kyle to host medical show The Emergency Room". Digital Spy.
  16. ^ "Series 2 - Episode 1 - Kyle Files - The ITV Hub". 13 January 2016.
  17. ^ Jeremy Kyle is replacing Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain over Easter Sam Warner, Digital Spy, 24 March 2016
  18. ^ Jeremy Kyle, Richard Madeley and Eamonn Holmes will replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain this summer Joe Anderton, Digital Spy, 28 July 2017
  19. ^ "Jeremy Kyle".
  20. ^ I'm Only Being Honest,; retrieved 24 August 2011.
  21. ^ "Ex-gambler Jeremy Kyle back at the bookies",; retrieved 24 August 2011.
  22. ^ men Administrator (6 June 2009). "Jeremy Kyle: I lick phones". men.
  23. ^ Gladwell, Amy "Daytime TV host Jeremy Kyle is treated for cancer", BBC Newsbeat, 30 January 2013; accessed 6 October 2014.
  24. ^ Gibb, Jessica (12 February 2018). "Jeremy Kyle forced to defend engagement to children's ex-nanny as Kate Garraway makes Valentine's Day jibe about recent divorce". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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