Speaking out after he hit the headlines for defending the Jeremy Kyle Show, after it was taken off air indefinitely following the death of guest Steve Dymond, Pete revealed that he thinks the show is being unfairly singled out.
Opening up to The Guardian, he said: "I thought, what about all these other shows – Love Island, for example – where people have died? There has to be a duty of care across the networks. It's not just one person or one show."
Explaining that he believes that the stars of reality TV shows are "ripped apart" on social media and discarded after their 15-minutes of fame, Pete said that he believed that if they had "one ounce of weakness" they would soon become depressed.
Asked which shows he would take off air, the father of four revealed The Voice, Simon Cowell's X Factor and even Channel 4's The Undateables were in his sights.
He said: "Any show where there is a reality side. They’re all great shows in their own way, but what about the people who have left The Voice or The X Factor who have been devastated because they’ve been told they’re rubbish, and it drives them to drink? You’ve got to go across the board if you’re going to do this. You can’t single out."
Mysterious Girl singer Pete is married to junior doctor Emily MacDonagh. They share kids Amelia, five, and Theo, two. He is also dad to 11-year-old Princess and Junior, 14, his kids with Katie Price.
The star added that he thinks reality TV show bosses "need to look at the whole thing".
They need to analyse who’s going on these shows. They should know whether they’re in the right frame of mind to do that sort of thing. How are they going to cope with pressure? They can’t just go, okay, that person looks good.
He said: "They need to analyse who’s going on these shows. They should know whether they’re in the right frame of mind to do that sort of thing. How are they going to cope with pressure? They can’t just go, okay, that person looks good."
Pete's comments come after former Love Island stars Sophie Gradon, 32, who appeared on the show in 2016, and 26-year-old Mike Thalassitis – who starred in the third series in 2017 – took their own lives.
Steve Dymond, 63, took his own life a week after failing a lie detector test on the Jeremy Kyle Show back in May.
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