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15th May 2019

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been permanently cancelled after death of guest

'Now is the right time for the show to end.'

Anna O'Rourke

ITV will permanently take The Jeremy Kyle Show off the air, it has said.

The show was temporarily axed this week following the death of a guest.

Steve Dymond passed away on 9 May, a week after filming an appearance in which he failed a lie detector test.

The episode was due to be broadcast this Monday but was pulled from airing at the last minute.

The show is being cancelled but ITV will still work with Jeremy Kyle, it said.

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

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 friend of Steve Dymond.

“The previously announced review of the episode of the show is under way and will continue.

“ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.”

McCall told staff earlier this week that she was temporarily cancelling The Jeremy Kyle Show to “protect” it but the station had come under pressure from mental health charities to take definitive action.

The show was ITV’s most popular daytime programme with viewership regularly topping 1 million, reports BBC News.

All previous episodes have now been removed from ITV’s online player.

An inquest into Mr Dymond’s death is expected to be opened in the coming days, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth coroner’s office said.

This tragic incident is not the first time ITV has been called into question in this manner.

The broadcaster also faced scrutiny over the deaths of two previous Love Island contestants in the past year; Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon.

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