On Thursday, “The Jeremy Kyle Show” celebrated its ten-year anniversary by rebroadcasting a segment from 2012 in which two gay lovers discovered they were half-brothers.
The two gay men, who became lovers, decided they needed attention in a mammoth way. Instead of confirming they were actually half-brothers in the privacy of their home, they appeared on the British tabloid talk show and waited for the results of their DNA tests while they were chatting with the host.
Calling themselves Paul and Lee, the lovers admitted they met online, flirted for two years, then started a sexual relationship. When Lee’s family and friends pointed out that Paul bore a striking similarity to Lee’s mother’s former husband Ron, the men decided to appear on the talk show and request a DNA test.
Kyle asked dramatically, “You are having a physical sexual relationship with a man that you love and want to marry, and at some point somebody might tell you that he could be your half-brother. What does that do to you?”
Lee answered just as dramatically, “It makes me sick. It makes me basically horrible. I can’t describe it.” Paul dramatically covered his mouth with his hand. All three men heightened the drama by sitting silently for 20 seconds. Then, Paul ran off crying. Later, Lee said, “I’ve gained a half-brother. I told him I’ll be there for him.” Paul added, “I just basically want to get to know you more as a brother.” Graham, the show’s psychotherapist, then reunited Ron and Ena with Paul and Lee.
Paul was given up by his mother Ena at the age of 18 months; she later conceived Lee. When Ena found out that her sons had become lovers, here response was pretty much what you would expect: “When I saw Paul for the first time I instantly thought he looked like my ex-husband Ron. If it turns out Paul is my son I would be so happy and would love to get to know him.”
The Thursday show updated the relationship between the two men, asserting that they split up, but knowing they are brothers, remain closer than ever.
Not in a physical sense, of course.