Jeremy Kyle

Jeremy Kyle is making a US version of his ITV1 show.

That’s right, the human bear-baiting machine is to lay a needless smackdown on the people of America in the name of selfless help.

Of course, this could well prove to be popular in America where there is a seemingly endless appetite for crass shouting and unsubstantiated help from a man thrilling in the tears of working class people.

Look at Jerry Springer, Montell, Rikki Lake and a million more shows of the same ilk.

Co-produced by ITV Studios and US company Lionsgate’s wholly-owned producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury, the American version of Jeremy Kyle will air in 2011.

Kyle will fly to the US later this year to record the episodes. “I am particularly looking forward to meeting ordinary American people and hearing about their extraordinary lives,” he said.

Without a trace of irony, Kyle added: “This show isn’t about me – it is about their issues and problems and how we can face them together – with complete honesty and openness – in front of US audiences.”

There’s been headbutts and pulled hair on the British version of the show… I wonder what Kyle would do with a gun in his face from some nutjob KKK member who has just been referred to as ‘scum’ by the helpful host?

Jeremy Kyle will reportedly take his unique take on the chat show format to the United States, in a move that has baffled most of the British public.

According to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Debmar-Mercury, a television syndication company has decided to test run four weeks, and if ratings are high enough will be running the entire strip of programming as soon as 2011.

Debmar-Mercury co-president Mort Marcus said of the proposed US version

“ITV Studios’ creative vision convinced us that Jeremy Kyle can conquer another continent. His series also provides us with another very strong talk format that can become a long-term franchise for us, just as The Wendy Williams Show did.”

It was announced last March that the show will be axed in February 2010, due to company monetary cutbacks.


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