The Jeremy Kyle Show axed by ITV after death of guest


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The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed by ITV after the death of a guest who took part in the programme.

Steven Dymond was found dead on 9 May a week after filming the show, during which he took a lie detector test.

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

ITV had initially suspended filming, and the prime minister’s spokesman called the death “deeply concerning”.

ITV’s statement in full:

“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 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.”

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On Wednesday, Downing Street called the death “deeply concerning”, and a former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said the show was “the theatre of cruelty”.

ITV had already suspended both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show, adding that the episode in question would not be screened.

Earlier this week, the broadcaster said everyone at the show was “shocked and saddened” and “thoughts are with the family and friends”.

An inquest into Mr Dymond’s death is likely to be opened within the next few days, a spokeswoman for Portsmouth coroner’s office said, and they are awaiting the result of the post-mortem investigation.

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