Jeremy Kyle is “utterly devastated” following the cancellation of his show amid the death of one of its guests.
The 53-year-old presenter fronted the eponymously titled The Jeremy Kyle Show, which was axed on Wednesday (15.05.19) after 14 years on screen following the death of Steve Dymond, who allegedly took his own life a week after taking a lie detector test on the programme.
And in a statement, Jeremy has said he’s been left “devastated” by the recent events, as he sent his “thoughts and sympathies” to Steve’s family.
In a statement to The Sun, he said: “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.”
Earlier this week, the show was taken off air and all past episodes removed from the ITV Hub following Steve’s death, before it was later confirmed the programme would not be returning.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, 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.
“The previously announced review of the episode of the show is underway and will continue.”
But the network won’t be cutting ties with Jeremy completely.
Carolyn added: “ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.”
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