The Jeremy Kyle Show has ended production of the show after a guest, Steve Dymond, was found dead days after appearing on the show.
It’s understood that Mr Dymond had approached the show in an attempt to prove he hadn’t been unfaithful to his partner, Jane Callaghan, but he failed the lie detector test – which prompted the end of his relationship.
Following filming, Mr Dymond is believed to have taken his own life last Thursday.
Now, ITV has permanently scrapped the programme after criticism from Mr Dymond’s family and viewers.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced on Wednesday: “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.”
An ITV spokeswoman said in a statement: “Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.
“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.”
On Tuesday, Steve’s partner Ms Callaghan spoke to The Sun of her distress over her ex’s death.
She also detailed the final message he sent her, which read: “I can’t live without you. I just wanted to come and see you. I just wanted to say sorry before I go. My life is not worth living without you.”
Ms Callaghan also revealed that Mr Dymond had been diagnosed with depression in February, but had been given a note from his doctor to say he was fit to do the show.
They said prior to the show a “comprehensive assessment” is carried out by the guest welfare team on all potential contributors and the production team “keep in touch with the participants in the days between recording and transmission”.
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