Trinny and Susannah ‘began TV rudeness that led to Jeremy Kyle guest’s death’ – The Sun

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FASHION gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine began the TV rudeness trend which led to a Jeremy Kyle guest’s death, a report claims.

Their BBC show What Not To Wear, in which guests’ dress sense was slated, helped turn telly into “a sphere of humiliation”, academics say.

 Trinny and Susannah's What Not To Wear was the first TV show where hosts were allowed to be 'nasty' to guests, a report to MPs claims

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Trinny and Susannah’s What Not To Wear was the first TV show where hosts were allowed to be ‘nasty’ to guests, a report to MPs claimsCredit: Handout

MPs ordered the report when Steve Dymond, 63, was found dead after filming The Jeremy Kyle Show in which he failed a love-cheat lie detector test.

It saw the show axed in May after 14 years.

Language expert Prof Angela Smith, co-author of Belligerent Broadcasting, said unkind comments by Trinny, 55, and Susannah 57, were “legitimised as being for your own good.”

Academics picked out one particular episode where they told a woman: “you look like you’ve just crawled out of bed” and criticised her coat saying: “You look like a hunchback in that.”

Prof Smith said the early-Noughties show cleared the way for “conflict talk”. The F-word chef Gordon Ramsay, 52, and Lord Sugar, 72, on The Apprentice were also highlighted.

 The report picks out one episode where the hosts said: 'You look like you’ve just crawled out of bed'

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The report picks out one episode where the hosts said: ‘You look like you’ve just crawled out of bed’Credit: Rex Features
 Jeremy Kyle's 'aggressive treatment' of his guests was rapped by MPs

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Jeremy Kyle’s ‘aggressive treatment’ of his guests was rapped by MPsCredit: Rex Features
 Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond was found dead after failing a lie detector test on the show

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Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond was found dead after failing a lie detector test on the showCredit: Collects

 

The report to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee even pointed the finger of blame at shows like Come Dine With Me and Love Island where the tongue-in-cheek voiceover created “a sense of disharmony or conflict.”

Nineties’ programmes like The Jerry Springer Show set the blueprint for a confrontational style of hosting according to the academics, but they added that Kyle’s unusually aggressive treatment of his guests was part of a more extreme change.

MPs want a review into the duty of care TV firms have to reality show participants.

Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine​ star in ​What Not to Wear





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