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Jeremy Kyle has questions to answer, according to Folkestone MP Damian Collins

A Kent MP says controversial presenter Jeremy Kyle shouldn't be allowed back on TV until he is quizzed over the past treatment of guests.

The ITV star has been off the air since his daytime show was axed following the suicide of participant Steve Dymond last year.

Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy Kyle

The 63-year-old is believed to have taken his own life after failing a lie detector test in an episode the broadcaster decided not to screen.

Damian Collins says Kyle needs to be held to account over the treatment of people who appeared on his programme, famous for its angry exchanges and personal disclosures.

Following Mr Dymond's death, an inquiry into reality TV was launched by the parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

It blasted Kyle, who did not attend, for his “demeaning, humiliating and insulting” behaviour after seeing unedited footage.

Folkestone and Hythe MP Mr Collins is the former head of the committee.

Damian Collins
Damian Collins

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: “Any decisions on whether to pick up on previous inquiries is up to the current select committee, but I would certainly like to see them produce a final report from the Reality TV inquiry.

“I don’t think Jeremy Kyle should be allowed back on air until he has been held to account for the practices of The Jeremy Kyle Show.”

However, the committee says the inquiry concluded last Parliament and there are no plans for a final report.

Yesterday Mr Collins added his voice to those calling for Boris Johnson to sack Dominic Cummings.

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