Jeremy Kyle doesn’t sleep more than four hours each night. Which may explain where he found the time to tape 400 episodes of his eponymous talk show in 2011.
“We’re doing 400 shows this year,” Kyle tells Zap2it. “We made 200 in the U.K. and then came here.”
That’s an understatement. Kyle is the U.K.’s no. 1 daytime talker. And after six years of success at home, he crossed the Atlantic to bring his unique (sometimes confrontational) take on talk to an American audience. Kyle’s specialty is crisis intervention and — unlike some of his competitors — his show facilitates ongoing help for its guests.
“We provide after-care service that people know about,” says Kyle. “The show is very much a journey — it can be full of arguments and rancor and ups and downs, but in the end we’re helping people. Each and every story can have a happy ending.”
To that end, Kyle employs an after-care coordinator and works with leading experts in the field of therapy and addiction, including “Intervention” alum Ken Seeley, who recently helped Kyle to convince a 20-year-old heroin addict to go into treatment.
Kyle also says he shouldn’t be lumped in with other Brits — like Simon Cowell, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley — who have made the leap into American TV.
“I hope people will judge it for me, and not other people who have come before me,” he says. “[The show is] real, it’s raw and it’s something for everybody and that’s it at the end of the day.”