‘It’s a sad sign of the times’: Legendary home video blunder show You’ve Been Framed ‘AXED as viewers turn to social media for funny clips’
- The last episode of You’ve Been Framed aired in August last year
- Requests for people to send in clips was removed from reruns and the website
- Bosses are said to have decided to end the show as people posted videos online
- The show first aired in April 1990 when it was hosted by the late Jeremy Beadle
ITV bosses have reportedly called time on You’ve Been Framed as viewers turn to social media to get their fix of amusing videos.
The entertainment programme, which first aired with original host, Jeremy Beadle in April 1990, saw members of the public send in their amusing home videos for which they were paid a fee if their clip was featured.
Up to 15million people tuned in during its heyday but audience numbers have dropped, with the last episode, fronted by Harry Hill, 58, airing in August last year.
A TV insider told The Sun: ‘The fact that You’ve Been Framed has been shelved is a sad sign of the times.
‘It’s a different world to Jeremy Beadle’s heyday. Why would viewers tune in to a show featuring funny videos when they could see the same sort of thing on the internet?
End of the road: ITV bosses have reportedly called time on You’ve Been Framed as viewers turn to social media to get their fix of amusing videos (current narrator Harry Hill pictured last year)
Looking back: The entertainment programme, which first aired with original host, Jeremy Beadle in April 1990 (the late Jeremy Beadle pictured in 1991)
‘Silly clips are hugely popular on social media and the right video can go viral. There’s a thrill in achieving that — even though you don’t earn the £250 fee which You’ve Been Framed paid for contributions.’
MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.
The series was originally hosted by the late Jeremy Beadle, with Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, 46, taking over from hi in 1998. Jonathan Wilkes presented the show for one season in 2003.
Harry voiced 341 of the 701 which have aired over the last 33 years.
People were previously asked to send in their videos for a fee but the request was removed from recent Sunday reruns.
ITV has also removed the You’ve Been Framed section from their website which also invited people to contribute clips.
While the programme was not expensive to make, it took time for producers to vet the videos, with deliberate violence or injury not allowed and set-up scenarios disregarded.
On some of the surprising content that was sent in, Harry previously said: ‘I don’t get to see the long list but I know there are a lot of fakes — and a lot of sex videos.’
Hit TV: Up to 15million people tuned in during its heyday but audience numbers have dropped, with the last episode, fronted by Harry Hill, 58, airing in August last year (pictured in 2018)
You’ve Been Framed was based on Japanese show Fun TV With Kato-chan which first aired in 1986.
America’s Funniest Home Videos followed in 1989 before a number of other versions were made around the world when home video was at its peak using camcorders rather than digital devices.
Harry Hill previously revealed that old episodes of You’ve Been Framed required thorough refinement as they featured jokes about dead and disgraced celebrities.
He told the Mirror: ‘It happens increasingly that the person I’m referencing has died. And they had to cut out a whole lot of references after all those people were arrested as part of Operation Yewtree.’
ITV bosses were forced to apologise in 2015 after it broadcast an old episode of You’ve Been Framed containing a joke about Cilla Black hitting her head in her ‘last show’ on television.
The star died of a stroke at the age of 72 after falling and banging her head at her Marbella home in August that year while she was sunbathing on her private terrace.
Frontwoman: The series was originally hosted by the late Jeremy Beadle, with Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, 46 (pictured), taking over from hi in 1998
Furious fans were left distraught and complained to ITV calling them ‘crass’, ‘sick’ and ‘insensitive’ for allowing a joke about Cilla falling over to be broadcast.
Host Harry made the joke about a red-haired woman falling after she crossed a swimming pool by jumping on green inflatable lily pads.
In an episode made in 2014 – but shown again in 2015 – the unnamed woman then crashes headlong into the side of the pool.
Harry said in the voiceover: ‘And here’s Cilla Black’s last show for ITV. Cilla’s super splash down.’
Mistake: ITV bosses were forced to apologise in 2015 after it broadcast an old episode of You’ve Been Framed containing a joke about Cilla Black shortly after her death from a stroke (Cilla pictured in 2014)
The red-haired woman then suffers a catastrophic fall after reaching the final lily and bangs her head. Harry Hill then said: ‘Surprise Surprise!’
ITV apologised for for the scheduling ‘oversight’ at the time.
A spokesman said: ‘This episode was first broadcast in October 2014.
‘We have production processes in place to re-edit programmes in circumstances such as this, but regrettably the clip was not cut on this occasion.’
Controversy: Furious fans were left distraught and complained to ITV calling them ‘crass’, ‘sick’ and ‘insensitive’ for allowing Harry to make a joke about Cilla falling over to be broadcast Harry pictured in August last year)
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