ITV announced on Wednesday that The Jeremy Kyle Show would not return from a suspension ordered after the death of Dymond.
And now, Kyle has spoken out for the first time.
Speaking to The Sun, Jeremy said: “Myself and the production team I worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family at this incredibly sad time.”
ITV confirmed the decision yesterday that it will not air The Jeremy Kyle Show any more because of the ‘gravity of recent events’.
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.’
62-year-old grandfather Steve Dymond had appeared on the show to take a lie detector test to convince his fiancée, Jane Callaghan, that he had remained faithful to her.
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. Now it’s been claimed by his landlady, known as Shelley, that 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.
After his death, Callaghan told The Sun that she believed he had taken a lethal dose of the medication.
“I know we split up a week ago but we were together for two years. He was still my fiancé. I still loved him.
“We got engaged Christmas Day 2017. He was crying, the love was real. He was the most generous and loving person. He was quietly struggling, and we didn’t know at the time. He cheated on me, I know he did. I can’t forgive but I just want him to be alive.”
Dymond’s son, Carl, added: “He told me, ‘Kyle really laid into me’.
“Presumably that was at the point when they announced the lie detector result. I’m satisfied he intended to kill himself.”
Following the news, The Jeremy Kyle Show was immediately was pulled off the air and all previous episodes were removed from the ITV Hub.
It was reported that Jeremy thought ITV was ‘waiting for an excuse to axe the show’, with a leaked e-mail by ITV bosses saying it was done in order to protect the series from backlash.
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