The statement 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.”
ITV will be carrying out an investigation into the episode of the long-running chat show filmed at MediaCity in Salford.
More than 3,000 episodes of The Jeremy Kyle Show have been shown on ITV since July 2005, when it first appeared as a replacement for Trisha.
The programme has become known for its argumentative discussions about guests’ personal and relationship problems in front of a live studio audience.
Because of this, the show has been criticised for the way it supposedly takes advantage of people who appear on it.
Manchester district judge Alan Berg slammed the show, commenting: “It seems to me that the whole purpose of The Jeremy Kyle Show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil.
“It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment.”
Viewers first noticed the show was axed this morning when they tuned in to watch.
One person wrote online: “Anyone got it? Any explanation?”
One said: “I was wondering why The Jeremy Kyle Show wasn’t on this morning (not that I’d watch it if it was) and just found out a guest died shortly after today’s episode was produced. My deepest sympathy to family and friends.”
Another wrote: “Where the hell is Jeremy Kyle this morning?”
And one pondered: “Where is Jeremy Kyle this morning? He is not on TV.”
Due to a death they suspended the show from what I understood.
— SonicR360 (@SonicR360) 13 May 2019
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