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Sunday 26th May 2019

Piers Morgan calls criticism of Jeremy Kyle "vicious"

The debate continues

Piers Morgan is definitely never short of an opinion or three.

In the wake of The Jeremy Kyle Show controversy - where the show has been cancelled by ITV permanently after the death of guest Steve Dymond - Piers has been discussing the topic on Good Morning Britain throughout the week.

On Wednesday's episode, Piers defended host Jeremy Kyle, saying it's "too easy" to blame him.

Piers defended host Jeremy Kyle, saying it's "too easy" to blame him (Credit: ITV)

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Discussing the situation, Piers said: "It’s a morality lesson in saving people’s lives… There’s a snobbery of Jeremy Kyle driven by people who watch it."

Jeremy Kyle would argue he’s defending the guests… Some of this stuff is really vicious against him.

"Jeremy Kyle would argue he’s defending the guests… Some of this stuff is really vicious against him," he continued.

"It’s too easy to just say Jeremy Kyle is the problem. Some of this stuff today is really vicious against him. I’m like fine, but there is another side to this. He’s not been heard from yet but we’ll see how this plays out."

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed permanently (Credit: ITV)

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Piers' comments come after he defended the show on Tuesday in a discussion with Lord Alan Sugar.

"No one is forcing them to [go on TV]," he said. "It raises a lot of complex issues on whether they are up for doing it."

The Jeremy Kyle Show was taken off air on Monday after it emerged a previous guest Mr Dymond died just days after filming an episode.

The channel also took all past and present episodes down from the ITV Hub catch-up service.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the show has been axed for good.

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced on Wednesday: "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."

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