Jeremy Kyle, 53, was requested to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee last month, following the death of ITV guest Steve Dymond, which resulted in The Jeremy Kyle Show being axed. Now Tory MP Damian Collins, who chairs the Digital committee, has said he is in “favour of real-world sanctions” for those people who do not fully comply with parliamentary committees. He said he wants more to be done if people refuse to attend hearings. Speaking to the Guardian, he said: “I believe we need to formalise powers and have clear real-world sanctions for those that refuse to comply with a request to provide evidence.
“In the US, such behaviour is treated as a criminal offence, just as perjury in court would be.”
He continued: ”These committees have become a place where parliament can stand up for the interests of the people. I am strongly in favour of real-world sanctions for those who fail to comply with parliamentary committees.”
The Jeremy Kyle Show was immediately pulled off the air and subsequently cancelled following Steve’s death, but ITV bosses who attended the committee said they’d continue to work with the presenter on other projects.
In his absence, Tom McLennan, executive producer of the show and Graham Stanier, director of aftercare on the show were at the hearing.
Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV studios, said the former ITV show will not be making a comeback.
Speaking at the committee, he said: “No. Just being very direct with you. There are absolutely no plans – we are not bringing back any show that looks or feels like The Jeremy Kyle Show.
However he did not rule out ITV working with the host on future projects.
He continued: “ITV has been very open and transparent about that. Jeremy Kyle has been heavily involved in all kinds of programmes. From Good Morning Britain to the Car Files.
“So yes, we would be looking to work with him in the future.”
Before the hearing, Tory MP Damian told MPs he had asked Jeremy to attend the committee through his representatives.
He said at the time: “We believe that Jeremy Kyle himself should be an important witness to [our inquiry] as the show is based around him as the lead presenter of it.
“We have sent an invitation to Mr Kyle through his representatives.
“And we have received word back from them that he has declined to appear in front of the committee on Tuesday next week.”
He later added: “We will be pursuing this matter with his representatives to fully understand the reasons why he has declined.
“We’ll start our inquiry by questioning the leaders of ITV.”
ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show back in May after 14 years on air.
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