The Jeremy Kyle Show has been permanently cancelled after death of guest


Warning: This article discusses mental health issues and may be distressing to some readers.

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been canned for good following the death of one of the programme's guests. 

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

Steven Dymond, 62, was found dead on 9 May a week after filming the show. 

The grandfather was "humiliated and traumatised" by his appearance on the show according to Dymond's landlady, The Daily Mail reported. 

"He was distraught and devastated," she said.

"He was traumatised. Steve said it got quite nasty on the show."

According to The Sun, Dymond's ex-partner said she told him to "get his stuff and go" when the pair returned home from filming.

Dymond's sudden death, shortly after his episode was recorded, prompted deep concern about the production upholding broadcasting responsibilities.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May addressed calls for the show to be cancelled, saying through a spokesperson she was "deeply concerned" by the loss of life.

"Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and well-being of participants and viewers of their programmes," the spokesperson said.

"We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place." 

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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