Sunday 19 May 2019

'Now is the right time for the show to end' - Jeremy Kyle Show axed following death of guest

The programme was pulled off air on Monday

Jeremy Kyle is yet to comment personally (Mike Egerton/PA)
Jeremy Kyle is yet to comment personally (Mike Egerton/PA)
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been cancelled for good following the death of a guest (Peter Byrne/PA)
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been permanently cancelled by ITV following the death of a guest.

The confrontational talk show was suspended indefinitely by the broadcaster following the death of the participant, 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after the programme was filmed.

The programme has now ended for good, following an outcry for it to be cancelled from MPs and members of the public.

ITV’s CEO Dame Carolyn McCall said in a statement: “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.

“Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.”

The programme was initially pulled off air on Monday, and a review of the episode featuring Mr Dymond is under review.

The show featuring Kyle will now be replaced by ’Alphabetical’ at 9.20am and 1.30pm. 

In a statement, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said: "Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

"The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.

"Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."

ITV said that it will continue to work with Kyle on other projects. He has yet to comment on the scandal. 

In an interview with the Daily Mail this morning, the deceased man had told relatives that the presenter had “really laid into him” during the programme. 

He had apparently gone on the show in a bid to convince his fiancee Jane Callaghan that he had not cheated on her but they subsequently split after he failed the test. 

According to his son Carl Woolley (39), his father had been left distraught after failing a lie detector test during a recording of the daytime show earlier this month.

He was found dead in his home a few days later and programme bosses were alerted to the incident. 

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