Holly Willoughby has offered her condolences to the family of Steve Dymond, who died this week following his appearance on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
After reading out a statement on the death from ITV during today’s episode of This Morning, Holly expressed her condolences both to Steve’s family and the programme’s crew, calling it a “dreadful shock”.
She told viewers: “We’d also like to add our condolences to the family of Mr Dymond and also to The Jeremy Kyle team and crew to whom this has been a dreadful shock.”
Her co-host, Phillip Schofield, then chimed in: “There’s no indication yet what will replace Jeremy’s show in the future.”
It comes after Carolyn McCall, the CEO of ITV, confirmed in a statement that the broadcaster had made the decision, due to the “gravity of recent events”, to axe the show for good.
She 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.”
Earlier this week, MPs urged ITV to end broadcasts of The Jeremy Kyle Show following Mr Dymond’s suspected suicide.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Tory MP Charles Walker, a vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on suicide and self-harm prevention, said: “On reflection, ITV would be best advised just to stop it. It’s a very, very unattractive TV show and I’m surprised it’s gone on so long.”
It is understood that Mr Dymond originally approached the show in a bid to prove he hadn’t been unfaithful to his partner, Jane Callaghan.
But he failed the show’s controversial lie detector test, prompting the end of his relationship.
Last Thursday (May 9), following filming, Mr Dymond is believed to have taken his own life.
If you or someone you know are struggling with mental illness or suicidal thoughts, call the Samaritans on 116 123.
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