Most of the reviews of this program justifiably point out its seamier elements - the willful exploitation of guests unable to deal with domestic problems and equally unable to express themselves, the sanctimonious host dispensing abuse and compassion in equal measure, and the general atmosphere of sleaziness that pervades the entire experience. At the same time we might wonder why the program has run so long, given its shortcomings. Is it because there is a perverse appetite for this kind of "entertainment"? Or does THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW operate on the same basis as THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW; the more salacious the content, the more aggressive the participants, the better the ratings? Or is it simply because this is daytime television, whose standards - ever since it was introduced into Britain in the mid-1980s
have been far from high? I don't think the program's longevity has
anything to do with this; to me it resembles one of those medieval entertainments, such as the bear-pit or the dog-fighting arena, in which spectators witness the protagonists ripping one another apart, egged on by the host (who knows perfectly well what he is doing). You may hate the idea of this kind of entertainment, but it still exists, and attracts a great number of punters.
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