I have to say on occassions I have watched and did feel a certain sympathy for some. Some of the folks taking part are genuine I feel. Personally I do like shows like this as it opens up your mind to folks maybe not so fortunate as ourselves at times. Whilst I agree some are real piss artists I do believe some have genuine probs. Jeremy does have a certain knack of sorting the men from the boys. I also believe some folks do go on in the hope of obtaining some sort of help.
The kind of people who appear on those type of shows, see it as a 'badge of honour', a bit like their kids getting an ASBO. I do admit to watching it if I can though. BBC Prime is showing Vivienne Vile tonight, which from the trailer suggests it's a comedy take off of Jeremy Kyle.
In my murky past i worked for the Beeb, C4, Thames and Breakfast TV. They employ researchers who scour local papers for low level court reports. These are followed up by local journalists. When a juicy shell of a story emerges the main protagonists are offered cash to " tell their stories ". They are then offered an all expenses trip, appearance fees and are induced to " jazz " up their story. A lot of poor people do it for the Warhol moment and the Cash.
Exploitation at it's worst, a certain Mr. Wright refers to the presenter as Jeremy Vile.
Not sure about this show, but a few years back, Chicago City Council carried out an investigation into the Jerry Springer show and found that more than a few of the 'guests' were coached extensively by the shows producers on the finer points of TV theatrics.