The decision to permanently cancel Jeremy Kyle’s show, which has been airing for almost 15 years with over 3,000 episodes, was a bold move from ITV.
So… are we waiting for the same news with Love Island?
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What happened with The Jeremy Kyle Show?
On Wednesday, May 15th, ITV confirmed that The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled for the foreseeable future.
In a press release, ITV’s CEO, Carolyn McCall said:
Given the gravity of recent events, we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end. Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.
The decision came after one of the show’s guests, Steve Dymond, was suspected to have committed suicide 10 days after he was on the show.
Reports suggested that Steve was let distraught after he failed a lie detector test related to cheating on his ex-wife and decided to take his life, despite care from the Jeremy Kyle aftercare team.
Is Love Island 2019 cancelled?
Love Island 2019 has not been cancelled and it will air from Monday, June 3rd.
There has been no indication or hints that ITV will cancel their flagship ITV2 show, either.
Filming is still pressing ahead with Caroline Flack and the cast, with Love Island 2019 expected to air on Monday, June 3rd, or the following week.
Could they suddenly cancel Love Island?
It seems unlikely.
Fans on Twitter have been calling for the popular dating show to be cancelled ever since former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis took his own life on March 15th. 2019.
With The Jeremy Kyle Show cancelled for similar reasons, fans have voiced that now is the time to follow suit and pull the show from production.
Jeremy Kyle Show: 1 suspected suicide in 3320 episodes – ITV cancel it indefinitely.
Love Island: 2 suspected suicides in 148 episodes – not cancelled by ITV.
All about views and money. https://t.co/CrEzMNW18q
— Tommy Longworth 💻🎙📝 (@Tommy_Longworth) May 15, 2019
Increasing pressure on ITV now to cancel Love Island which has also seen participants take their own lives. I wonder how this will affect the launch of the new series in a few weeks. I certainly don't think I can enjoy that show in the same way again.
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) May 15, 2019
Unpopular opinion: The next ITV show to cancel now Jeremy Kyle's gone, should be "Love Island"
1. It sets unrealistic body image expectations
2. It reinforces negative self esteem by suggesting only the prettiest deserve love
3. 2 contestants have committed suicide
It is toxic.
— Jack Duncan🔻 (@JackDunc1) May 15, 2019
OPINION: Is there a difference between Mike and Steve?
Both deaths are extremely tragic and it would be unfair to compare the two. However, there are a few key differences between the two incidents.
Steve’s death was directly correlated to the show and a specific episode, with the suicide coming 10 days after his appearance.
It has been reported that the passing away of a close friend and struggles to deal with fame in general created a web of mental health problems for Mike.
In Steve’s case, the story seems much more transparent.
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