PETER ANDRE has defended Jeremy Kyle after his show was axed over a guest's death – insisting that other programmes should be "held accountable" too.
The 46-year-old star took to his Instagram page last night to showcase his support, hours after ITV confirmed that The Jeremy Kyle Show had been cancelled following the suspected suicide of guest Steve Dymond.
Peter shared a screenshot of an article that Piers Morgan had written about the move, with the headline reading: "The stench of shameless hypocrisy and snobbery over Jeremy Kyle's TV show, as it was with Jerry Springer, is overpowering".
Peter captioned the post: "It’s hard not to agree with @piersmorgan on this.
"It’s not right to hold Jeremy Kyle personally responsible for this.
"It’s an absolute tragedy yes of course, terrible.
"But if this show is to be held accountable then other shows should be too."
The comments come after furious Jeremy Kyle fans accused ITV bosses of hypocrisy for refusing to axe Love Island in spite of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon's suicides.
Mike, 26, was found hanged in a North London park in March.
In June last year, Sophie, from series two, hanged herself after taking a lethal cocktail of alcohol and cocaine.
The 32-year-old was battling depression.
It is thought that Steve Dymond, 63, took his own life just days after appearing on Jeremy Kyle and failing a love-cheat lie detector test.
One fan fumed at the time: "Can someone at @ITV please explain why there’s talk of pulling the Jeremy Kyle Show for good when someone has died, but you’re still adamant about Love Island starting in a few weeks."
Another added: "So Jeremy Kyle gets cancelled due to the possible effect it had resulting in a participants death, yet Love Island has had two participants take their own life in a far shorter period of time? If you’re gonna pretend you care about mental health ITV at least be consistent."
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A third added: "Fully understand why the Jeremy Kyle Show has been cancelled, however #LoveIsland comes back on air soon after 2 deaths in just 4 seasons.
"Both shows are on ITV but it seems they’re treated differently, probably as one makes far more cash for the station than the other."
Last night, Jeremy, 53, broke his silence on Dymond's death and the show's subsequent axing, telling The Sun Online: "Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time."
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