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Monday 23rd September 2019

The Jeremy Kyle Show dropped from the TV Choice Awards after axe

News follows tragic death of guest

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed from this year's TV Choice Awards.

The controversial talk show was suspended, and then cancelled altogether, by ITV this week following the tragic death of a guest, Steve Dymond.

And it's now been dropped from the prestigious gong show, due to be held in September.

Kyle said he was "utterly devastated" by recent events (Credit: ITV)

Kyle's programme had been up for the Best Daytime Show award.

However, TV Choice magazine said in a statement: "The Jeremy Kyle Show has been excluded from the 2019 TV Choice Awards longlist nominations under the Best Daytime Show category following the news that the show has been permanently cancelled.

"A full list of this year's voting categories can be found at www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk, and the shortlist nominations will be announced on 25 June."

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

Dymond, 63, was found dead in his Portsmouth home after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

He'd been trying to prove to his fiancée Jane Callaghan, 48, that he hadn't cheated on her, so took a lie detector test – which he reportedly failed.

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Soon after filming the episode – which was never screened – it's believed the couple split up.

It looks like the presenter won't be attending the TV Choice Awards this year (Credit: FameFlynet)

Following Dymond's death, and the show's cancellation, Kyle issued a statement saying: "Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family and friends at this incredibly sad time."

However, Jane Callaghan's daughter Amy Turner has leapt to the defence of The Jeremy Kyle Show, insisting that they "shouldn't be punished" for the tragedy.

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She told Sky News: "They were in constant contact with us all, including Steve. He even told the team he was feeling very positive and that he really wanted the help.

Tragic Steve Dymond was found dead after appearing on the show (Credit: Facebook)

"He was accepting all the help they offered until he just started to ignore their phone calls. They were persistent on trying to contact him, and we also tried to contact him but got no answer.

"The team have gone above and beyond to help us all. It was his choice, no one else's. and Jeremy and the team shouldn't be punished for trying to help someone."

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