Jeremy Kyle

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Jeremy Kyle
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Kyle at Radio Festival in 2010
Born (1965-07-07) 7 July 1965 (age 56)
  • Broadcaster
  • writer
Years active1996–present
    Kirsty Rowley
    (m. 1989;div. 1991)
      Carla Germaine
      (m. 2003;div. 2016)

Jeremy Kyle (born 7 July 1965) [1] is an English broadcaster and writer. He is known for hosting the tabloid talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show on ITV from 2005 to 2019. [2] [3] Kyle hosted a US version of his eponymous show, which ran for two seasons beginning in 2011. [4]


Early life

Kyle was born in Reading, Berkshire, [1] and is of Scottish descent. [5] His father was an accountant and personal secretary to the Queen Mother for forty years. Kyle has an older brother, Nick, who Kyle said later became a drug addict. [6]

He attended the Reading Blue Coat School, a boys' independent school in Sonning, Berkshire. [7]

Kyle's first job was at Marks & Spencer. [8] He studied History and Sociology at the University of Surrey in Guildford. [9]

Radio career

From 1986 to 1995, Kyle worked as a life insurance salesman, recruitment consultant, and radio advertising salesman. [7] He then became a radio presenter and after working at Orchard FM in Taunton, Somerset, and Leicester Sound in Leicester, he was signed by Kent's Invicta FM in 1996. In 1997, he joined BRMB in Birmingham, presenting the shows Late & Live and Jezza's Jukebox. [10]

In 2000, Kyle moved to the Century FM network, taking this format with him. The show was called Jezza's Confessions. It was broadcast between 9 pm and 1 am. He won a Sony Award for Late & Live in 2001. [7] On 1 July 2002, he made his first broadcast on Virgin Radio, presenting Jezza's Virgin Confessions every weekday from 8 pm to midnight. In mid-2003, he broadcast the show from 9 pm to 1 am every weekday, and in January 2004 the show went out from 10 pm to 1 am, Sunday to Thursday. He left Virgin Radio in June 2004. From 5 September 2004, Kyle presented the Confessions show on London's Capital FM. The new programme aired Sunday to Thursday from 10 pm to 1 am with live calls on relationship issues of all kinds. Capital Confessions came to an end on 22 December 2005 to make way for The Jeremy Kyle Show, a similar show which ran from January 2006 to December 2006.

In late 2007, Kyle began a new show (The Jeremy Kyle Show), broadcasting across GCap Media's One Network, of which Orchard FM, Invicta FM and BRMB, his previous employers, were a part. The programme differed from his previous shows in that he interviewed celebrities. Kyle also began broadcasting a new programme, on Essex FM, in November 2007. Kyle joined Talksport on 21 September 2008 to present a lunchtime sports show every Sunday called The Jeremy Kyle Sunday Sports Show. As a result of Talksport's Premiership coverage on a Sunday, Kyle's show was cancelled, and he left the station. [11]

In early September 2021, it was announced that Kyle would present talkRADIO Drivetime between Monday and Thursday. The show will air between 4-7pm starting on September 13. [12]

Television career

In 2005, Kyle moved his format to ITV with a programme also entitled The Jeremy Kyle Show .

In September 2007, Manchester judge Alan Berg [13] described the show as "trash" which existed to "titillate bored members of the public with nothing better to do". [14]

In February 2008, The Jeremy Kyle Show was again criticised in court after a man who found out during the recording of a show that he was not the father of his wife's child later pointed an air rifle at her. [15] Other shows Kyle is involved with include Kyle's Academy, a ten-part series for ITV daytime which first aired on 18 June 2007. [15] A team of experts (life coaches and psychotherapists), headed by Kyle, takes five people and works with them over an intensive fortnight to help them on the road to a happier more fulfilled life. Kyle has also presented Half Ton Hospital, a show about morbidly obese people in the United States.[ citation needed ]

On 19 April 2011, Kyle began presenting a documentary series called Military Driving School, where he visited the Defence School of Transport in Yorkshire, following a group of new recruits as they undergo training as front line military drivers. In 2011, he was the presenter of the ITV game show High Stakes . [16]

Since 2015, Kyle has presented two series of The Kyle Files, a primetime show on ITV. [17]

In 2015, he fronted a ten-part daytime series called Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room . The show returned for a second series in March 2016. [18] [19]

From March 2016 until 2017 Kyle guest presented ITV's breakfast programme Good Morning Britain . [20] [21]

In May 2019, the recording and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show was suspended after a guest committed suicide shortly after appearing in an episode of the series. A review of the episode occurred before any resumption of the programme's transmission, [2] and on 15 May 2019, ITV confirmed that the series had ceased production with immediate effect. [22] It has since been revealed that more guests had taken their own lives following their appearances in this and another programme hosted by Kyle on Channel 5, Britain's Worst Husband. [23]

Kyle began developing a new show for ITV three months after his show was cancelled. ITV's director of television Kevin Lygo said a pilot episode was being made with Kyle, but the new show wouldn't air in The Jeremy Kyle Show's old timeslot. [24]

Personal life

He stated in his book I'm Only Being Honest, published in 2009, that he has obsessive–compulsive disorder. [25]

Kyle's first marriage to Kirsty Rowley in 1989 was short-lived because of his addiction to gambling, [26] which made him accumulate a debt which peaked at £12,000, and took some years to pay off. [6] [25] He married Carla Germaine in 2002. The couple separated amicably in 2015; they had three children. [27] Their divorce was confirmed the following February. [28] Kyle also has a daughter from his first marriage. [26]

In late 2012, Kyle was diagnosed with testicular cancer. [29] He received chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the affected testicle. [8]

In February 2018, Kyle announced his engagement to Vicky Burton, his children's former nanny. [30]

In 2021, Kyle stated that he had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder after The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed. [31]


2005–2019 The Jeremy Kyle Show Presenter
2006An Audience with Coronation StreetGuest appearance
2007 Coronation Street Confidential
2009 The Fattest Man in Britain Presenter
2010 This Morning Summer
2011Military Driving School
High Stakes
2011–2013 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA
2013 Sunday Scoop Guest presenter
2013–2015 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Various roles
2014Celebrity Jeremy KylePresenter
2015–2017 Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room
2015–2019The Kyle Files
2015World Championships SnookerCelebrity player
2016–2017 Good Morning Britain Guest presenter
2019Kyle's HousePresenter
Cold Feet Himself

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