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Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy kyle seated.jpg
Kyle at Radio Festival in 2010
Born (1965-07-07) 7 July 1965 (age 56)
  • Broadcaster
  • writer
Years active1996–present
Kirsty Rowley
(m. 1989; div. 1991)
Carla Germaine
(m. 2003; div. 2016)
Vicky Burton
(m. 2021)

Jeremy Kyle (born 7 July 1965)[1] is an English broadcaster and writer. He is known for hosting the tabloid talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show on ITV from 2005 to 2019.[2][3] Kyle hosted a US version of his eponymous show, which ran for two seasons beginning in 2011.[4]

Early life[edit]

Kyle was born in Reading, Berkshire,[1] and is of Scottish descent.[5] His father was an accountant and personal secretary to the Queen Mother for forty years. Kyle has an older brother, Nick, who Kyle said became a drug addict.[6]

He attended the Reading Blue Coat School, a boys' independent school in Sonning, Berkshire.[7]

Kyle's first job was at Marks & Spencer.[8] He studied History and Sociology at the University of Surrey in Guildford.[9]

Radio career[edit]

From 1986 to 1995, Kyle worked as a life insurance salesman, recruitment consultant, and radio advertising salesman.[7] 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.[10]

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.[7] 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.[11]

In early September 2021, it was announced that Kyle would present talkRADIO Drivetime between Monday and Thursday. The show started on 13 September.[12]

Television career[edit]

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

In September 2007, Manchester judge Alan Berg[13] described the show as "trash" which existed to "titillate bored members of the public with nothing better to do".[14]

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.[15] Other shows Kyle is involved with include Kyle's Academy, a ten-part series for ITV daytime which first aired on 18 June 2007.[15] 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.[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.[16]

In 2015 & 2019, Kyle has presented two series of The Kyle Files, a primetime show on ITV.[17]

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.[18][19]

From March 2016 until 2018 Kyle guest presented ITV's breakfast programme Good Morning Britain.[20][21]

In May 2019, the recording and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show was suspended after a guest committed suicide shortly after appearing in an episode of the series. A review of the episode occurred before any resumption of the programme's transmission,[2] and on 15 May 2019, ITV confirmed that the series had ceased production with immediate effect.[22] It has since been revealed that more guests had taken their own lives following their appearances in this and another programme hosted by Kyle on Channel 5, Britain's Worst Husband.[23]

Kyle began developing a new show for ITV three months after his 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.[24]

Personal life[edit]

He stated in his book I'm Only Being Honest, published in 2009, that he has obsessive–compulsive disorder.[25]

Kyle's first marriage to Kirsty Rowley in 1989 was short-lived because of his addiction to gambling,[26] which made him accumulate a debt which peaked at £12,000, and took some years to pay off.[6][25] He married Carla Germaine in 2002. The couple separated amicably in 2015; they had three children.[27] Their divorce was confirmed the following February.[28] Kyle also has a daughter from his first marriage.[26]

In late 2012, Kyle was diagnosed with testicular cancer.[29] He received chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the affected testicle.[8]

In February 2018, Kyle announced his engagement to Vicky Burton, his children's former nanny.[30] They eventually married.

In 2021, Kyle stated that he had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder after The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed.[31]


Year Title Role
2005–2019 The Jeremy Kyle Show Presenter
2006 An Audience with Coronation Street Guest appearance
2007 Coronation Street Confidential
2009 The Fattest Man in Britain Presenter
2010 This Morning Summer
2011 Military Driving School
High Stakes
2011–2013 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA
2013 Sunday Scoop Guest presenter
2013–2015 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Various roles
2014 Celebrity Jeremy Kyle Presenter
2015–2017 Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room
2015–2019 The Kyle Files
2015 World Championships Snooker Celebrity player
2016–2017 Good Morning Britain Guest presenter
2019 Kyle's House Presenter
Cold Feet Himself


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  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Interview: Jeremy Kyle". The Scotsman. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Silver, James (29 May 2006). "Call me Jezza". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 October 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
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  9. ^ Burrell, Ian. "Jeremy Kyle: Judge, jury and exploiter?". The Independent. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Jeremy 'Jezza' Kyle". NMP Live. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2009.
  11. ^ Radio Shows Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
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  14. ^ "Judge blasts Kyle show as 'trash'". BBC News. 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  15. ^ a b "Attack after Kyle show 'tragedy'" Archived 17 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine, BBC News, 13 February 2008; retrieved 24 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Jeremy Kyle to host ITV1 gameshow 'High Stakes'" Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., 19 July 2011; retrieved 24 August 2011.
  17. ^ "The Kyle Files". ITV Press Centre. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Jeremy Kyle to host medical show The Emergency Room". Digital Spy. 17 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Series 2 – Episode 1 – Kyle Files – The ITV Hub". 13 January 2016. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016.
  20. ^ Jeremy Kyle is replacing Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain over Easter Archived 5 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine Sam Warner, Digital Spy, 24 March 2016
  21. ^ Jeremy Kyle, Richard Madeley and Eamonn Holmes will replace Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain this summer Archived 29 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine Joe Anderton, Digital Spy, 28 July 2017
  22. ^ "The Jeremy Kyle Show axed by ITV". BBC News. 15 May 2019. Archived from the original on 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  23. ^ Walker, Amy (19 May 2019). "Jeremy Kyle: more TV show guests killed themselves, it emerges". The Guardian.
  24. ^ "Jeremy Kyle working on pilot for new ITV show". 23 August 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  25. ^ a b "Jeremy Kyle: I lick phones". Manchester Evening News. 6 June 2009. Archived from the original on 28 April 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  26. ^ a b "Jeremy Kyle's controversial talk show made him a daytime TV stalwart". ITVB. 15 May 2019. Archived from the original on 16 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  27. ^ O'Neill, Sean (25 September 2015). "Don't pry into my life, pleads Jeremy Kyle". The Times. Archived from the original on 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.(subscription required)
  28. ^ "Jeremy Kyle and wife Carla divorce". ITV News. 11 February 2016. Archived from the original on 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  29. ^ Gladwell, Amy "Daytime TV host Jeremy Kyle is treated for cancer" Archived 4 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine, BBC Newsbeat, 30 January 2013; accessed 6 October 2014.
  30. ^ Kazi, Safeeyah (12 February 2018). "Jeremy Kyle and Vicky Burton: TV host admits he's 'very happy' after confirming engagement to children's former nanny". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Jeremy Kyle received treatment for anxiety after TV show was axed". The Guardian. 4 September 2021. Retrieved 5 September 2021.

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