However, the pair split shortly after he failed the test, with digger driver Steven said to be ‘feeling suicidal’ and ‘in tears’ after the separation. He was found in his bedroom on Thursday following a suspected suicide after taking an overdose of morphine which was prescribed to him for arthritis.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced:
‘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.’
However, viewers today have criticised ITV, blasting the channel for “hypocrisy” for its decision to axe the Jeremy Kyle Show in the wake of the suspected suicide.
Hundreds of people shared their distaste after the channel scrapped the show but made no announcement about reality series Love Island, despite the deaths of Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon who appeared on the show.
“Whilst I am over the moon Jeremy Kyle has been cancelled, I am left concerned and confused why Love Island is not being treated the same? This show has caused suicides and mental health issues for its contestants too. Our ‘entertainment’ cannot come at the cost of lives,” wrote one Twitter user.
One wrote: “I’m a massive fan of Love Island, but if ITV are axing Jeremy Kyle because of a person’s suicide, surely that only means one thing for Love Island? Or are the ratings more important?”
Another said: “Okay so @ITV can cancel Jeremy Kyle after 15 seasons and one suicide but Love Island has had 4 seasons and 2 cast member deaths and that’s already on its 2019 promo? Yeah really care about mental health.”
A third tweeted: “Dear @itvlondon if you’re going to axe the Jeremy Kyle following the death of a contestant (the 1st in 14 years) dont you think you ought to also cancel Love Island after the deaths of 2 contestants in just 4 years? Or is revenue more important than peoples welfare?”
Sophie Gradon’s grieving mum has already slammed The Jeremy Kyle Show, comparing that show to Love Island’s pre-screening procedures.
“Exploiting the susceptible, using someone unfairly for your own advantage, imposing on their vulnerability. This sickens me to the pit of my stomach. Sophie Gradon was screened by a Phycologist who Identified she had issues with Mental Health,” Deborah Gradon tweeted on Tuesday.
“Producers even ensured her Meds were delivered to the Villa Knowing they could manipulate her and get inside her head. When will this misuse of the vulnerable stop, it’s the most eveil & puerile form of entertainment SophieGradon JeremeyKyle STOP .”
Deborah added: “It’s a Theatre of bloody cruelty and it’s no coincidence that SophieGradon was actually approached and asked to appear on the Jeremey Kyle show to continue the fiasco of the LoveIsland ignominy. Shame on you ITV .”
However, many Love Island fans have offered their support to the show:
One fan tweeted: “I know people are gonna start calling for love island to be cancelled because it’s hypocritical and yeah it is but also… please don’t cancel it.”
Another begged: “These lot shouting axe love island.. Are you joking? what am I going to watch during summer? Please if you can’t deal with fame don’t apply.”
A third wrote: “Are you lot seriously tryna get love island cancelled please stop.”
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan sprung to the interviewer’s defence, writing on Twitter: “As everyone piles on Jeremy Kyle, I’d like to say he’s a great guy, an excellent broadcaster, and hugely popular with the vast majority of people who watched & appeared (voluntarily) on his top-rated show. So much snobbery & hypocrisy being spewed by his critics.”
Love Island is set to return on June 3rd
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