By Lucy Caulkett-
A young teenager has gathered 6,000 signatures calling for the Jeremy Kyle show to be re-instated .17 year old Pighty Hendie from Bristol has led a petition calling for one of Britain’s best loved show to return to our screens. Her petition adds to another 15,000 on change.org calling for the ITV show to be brought back. One of the other petitions on Change org has already has already gathered more than 18,000 signatures.
Paighton’s involvement is significant because she is at an age where she is able to appreciate the positive elements of the show. Her appeal has influenced several teenagers in Bristol, many of whom have also got their parents who have watched the show to sign a petition for its return. It has been spread on social media, like others which have been gathering momentum.
The Jeremy Kyle show was a show where partners who were unsure whether they were being cheated against could go and find some answers. It set a lot of records straight. There were times when suspicious partners were proven wrong, allowing a renewed trust for their partners that was quickly evaporating.
She told The Eye Of Media.Com: “I was really surprised to see the number of people who had signed my petition. The signatures have been piling by the minute, showing there are so many others who agree with me. The show had many benefits and provided assurance to many partners in relationships or gave them a sense of direction about which way to go”
“I do think ITV should have taken more time to decide before cancelling the show completely. “I don’t see any fairness in closing the show and giving Jeremy Kyle all this criticism on social media. Many people commit suicide for all kinds of reasons, and the government are failing so many people who have been driven to suicide.
“There could be so many factors that led this man to decide to take his own life. I just don’t how it is right to put all the blame on one TV programme that has helped so many families over the years and changed so many lives.”
Jeremy Kyle was pulled off air when one of his show guests-Steven Dymond committed suicide after failing a lie detector test that suggested he had been cheating against a woman he wanted to marry. The show has been criticised for ‘exploiting’ vulnerable guests whose lives had been blighted by relationship problems or addictions involving drugs or alcohol.
A number of former staff members have spoken out about their concerns production practices on the show, including one runner who described ‘the pressure the hard working production crew were under to make every episode as explosive as possible’.
A petition to permanently axe The Jeremy Kyle Show on website 38 degrees received 58,000 signatures five days ago, and is still rising. Signatories said the programme had made entertainment out of suffering and humiliation”.