Katie Hopkins says Jeremy Kyle has been 'thrown to the wolves' to protect 'Love Island'

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PASADENA, CA - JULY 29:  Katie Hopkins at 'Sex, Presidents & Handmaids Hosted by Lady Freak' panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)
Katie Hopkins at 'Sex, Presidents & Handmaids Hosted by Lady Freak' panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 29, 2017. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)

Katie Hopkins has accused ITV of protecting its “cash cow” Love Island after it suspended The Jeremy Kyle Show in the wake of controversy over the death of a participant.

The popular daytime show was indefinitely axed from the schedules yesterday following the news that someone had died after filming an episode of the programme.

The man, named as 63-year-old digger driver Steve Dymond, is believed to have taken his own life just 10 days after failing a lie detector test on the show.

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As well as cancelling future installments for the foreseeable future, ITV has removed archive episodes of The Jeremy Kyle Show from its ITV Hub streaming service.

Hopkins told her 900,000 Twitter followers that the show has been “thrown to the wolves” after “mass hysteria”.

She compared the decision to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show to the lack of action surrounding Love Island, despite the death of two former contestants in suspected suicides within 12 months.

Speaking directly to the official Twitter account for The Jeremy Kyle Show, the 44-year-old writer and TV personality wrote: “I would like to wish you and the team well and assure you that people see through this latest media play.

“ITV have thrown you to the wolves to protect their cash cow - Love Island.

“People make choices. They need to own them.”

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Filming for the fifth series of Love Island has begun in Mallorca, with the hugely popular ITV2 reality show expected to return in June.

Hopkins, however, criticised the decision to continue to air the show following the suspected suicides of 32-year-old Sophie Gradon and 26-year-old Mike Thalassitis.

Many Twitter users agreed that the two shows were “treated differently” by ITV.

Love Island has said it will continue to provide “ongoing support” to its contestants.

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In a statement, ITV said it had taken the decision to “suspend both filming and broadcasting” of The Jeremy Kyle Show immediately.

The spokesperson added that the broadcaster will “conduct a review” of the episode in question.

As with yesterday, the planned edition of The Jeremy Kyle Show today was replaced with Dickinson’s Real Deal.

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