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Jeremy Kyle rapped over sex and orgasm comments on Easter Sunday show

Published 22/08/2016 | 13:41

Sex references and bad language have landed talk show host Jeremy Kyle in trouble with TV watchdogs
Sex references and bad language have landed talk show host Jeremy Kyle in trouble with TV watchdogs

The Jeremy Kyle Show breached broadcasting rules with offensive language, aggressive confrontations and sexual references on the morning of Easter Sunday, Ofcom has found.

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The broadcasting watchdog was responding to a complaint about an edition of the ITV show on March 27, with one item titled "Did you sleep with my boyfriend and is he your baby's dad?"

It focused on Carlos, his girlfriend Sarah and her former friend Kat, who claimed Carlos was the father of her child.

Show host Kyle at one point exclaimed: "He can't remember having sex? How can you not remember? ... You can't remember having sex? Can anybody in this audience, have you ever forgotten about having sex?"

When Sarah described Kat as smelling of "fish and raw sex ... a really, bad, smelly fishy smell", Kyle joked: "I nearly asked you why, but I don't want to go down that route, so to speak."

Kyle probed his guest about what "orgasm noises" sound like and asked the show's security guard Steve: "Steve, do you know your average orgasm noise for a woman? I've got to ask you this, they'll probably cut it out, have you got an orgasm face?"

An Ofcom spokesman said: "We found this programme broke broadcasting rules because it included content that was unsuitable for children before the watershed on a Sunday morning.

"The sound was dipped to mask offensive language about 130 times.

"The programme also contained several aggressive confrontations between the participants and Jeremy Kyle, as well as sexual references and themes."

While the complainant objected to the programme being broadcast on Easter Sunday, Ofcom said that the potential offence caused by broadcasting the programme on a religious festival was justified by the context.

However, ITV said it noted material which "might have been considered inappropriate for a minority of viewers with strong religious beliefs" and would be "taking steps in the future to avoid scheduling similar material...on religious holidays in future ... (or) close to films that are more likely to attract a younger audience".

While Rule 1.3 of the Broadcasting Code states that children must be protected by "appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them," ITV told Ofcom that the scheduling decision took place "in the context of the established expectations of the content of The Jeremy Kyle Show".

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