Peter Andre calls for all reality shows to be cancelled in wake of 'Jeremy Kyle Show' death

Chris Edwards
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Peter Andre (Credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Peter Andre has called for all reality shows to be cancelled after claiming The Jeremy Kyle Show isn’t the only programme to have a negative impact on its guests.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, the singer-turned-actor clarified his past comments on the cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show, stating: “They were attacking Jeremy Kyle because his name is attached to the show. It’s not just one person or one show.”

On whether it was the right decision to take the show off air, he said: “It is the most horrific thing that somebody took their own life, we cannot forget that. What I do think is if they are taking that show off, they should be taking a lot of shows off.”

Peter Andre at the National Lottery stars event in 2015 (Credit: by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Asked what else he thinks should be taken off air, he replied: “Any show where there is a reality side.”

He went on to describe The Voice and The X Factor as “great shows”, but questioned the impact they have on contestants.

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“What about the people who have left The Voice or The X Factor who have been devastated because they’ve been told they’re rubbish, and it drives them to drink? You’ve got to go across the board if you’re going to do this. You can’t single out.

Peter Andre attending the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2018, held at Grosvenor House Hotel, London (PA Images)

“They need to look at the whole thing. They need to analyse who’s going on these shows. They should be checked before they go on, they should be talked to after. They should know whether they’re in the right frame of mind to do that sort of thing.

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“How are they going to cope with pressure? They can’t just go, OK, that person looks good.

“You’re going to fall into some sort of depression if you’ve got one ounce of weakness, which we all have. You’re going to fall.”