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.
She said: “He wanted to go on . He was really excited and confident. But it was all a front and I knew it. He wasn’t well at all.”
He was still my fiance. I still loved him. As much as he was a pig to me I still loved him.”
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.”
After the show was taken off air, a statement made by ITV read: “Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.
“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.
“Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.”
As a result of the news, Jeremy Kyle 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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