ITV Studios‘ higher-ups are finally opening up on the reliability of lie detectors. Basically, they’re not and the show never stated it clearly nor did they remind guests to take the tests elsewhere.
The show was axed after an incident on a 63-year-old man who was declared to have been cheating from his fiance. ITV, however, announced that they will work with Jeremy Kyle again in the future. It turns out that the lie detector had more than 30% chance of making errors which mean it could zap people when they are simply stressed out, not lying.
This was only known after the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) were inquired to look into the care done in reality shows such as this and ‘Love Island’. Kyle, 53, has refused to appear in front of MPs and may be faced with sanctions.
People were also accusing show makers that they are not putting their utmost cares for their guests who might be mentally vulnerable. Explanations were not properly given, moreover, their details were shared with third parties such as insurance companies.
The Director of Aftercare, Graham Stainer, however, explained that the guests had been informed: “We explain it differently, what we would say prior to the show is that some people would fail the test but that what they’d said was true.”
However, Stainer didn’t know the exact figure of the margin of error.
Symeon Brown from Channel 4 News criticized, “MPs ask why no professional registered by the Health & Care Professions Council was part of the Jeremy Kyle team responsible for guest welfare (considering working with vulnerable adults). ITV bosses: hmmm… we’ll have to write to you.”
Kyle talked to BBC, “Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.” This incident has fueled the debate on reality shows and the care participants receive.