The Jeremy Kyle Show permanently AXED by ITV

May 18, 2019 - 170 views

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been permanently cancelled by ITV after the death of a guest.

ITV's CEO confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday morning, following widespread calls to bring the programme off the air permanently rather than temporarily.

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

The confrontational talk show was suspended indefinitely by the broadcaster following the apparent suicide of Steve Dymond, a week he took part in filming.

The 63-year-old took a lie-detector test to convince fiance Jane Callaghan he had not been unfaithful but they split after he failed, it has been reported.

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Ms Callaghan told The Sun newspaper: "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."

She praised the show’s team for their after-care efforts, telling the newspaper: "They were brilliant. They were there when he needed help. They were really persistent in offering him help."

Despite Ms Callaghan defending the show and its after-care ITV CEO McCall admitted that "now is the right time for the show to end" after 14 years.

Ms McCall added: "Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."

The news came criticism of the show by politicians and members of the public.

Tory MP Charles Walker, a vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on suicide and self-harm prevention, branded it “cruel television”.

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He said: "When you take highly strung - often vulnerable – people, you put them under a huge amount of pressure.

"Yes it makes good television but it also makes for cruel television as well."

Despite being referred to as a "modern day freak show", by many social media users for "exploiting guests", several past guests have spoke out in defence of the programme.

Dee Kelly who appeared on Benefit Street and went on the celebrity version of the show in February praised the show and its team for the support provided.

She said: "It was a very positive experience for me and we got a lot of pre-show care as well as after show care.

"You had the producers and the runners and everyone was absolutely brilliant, you'd come in and they were talking to you," she added.

ITV added a review of the episode featuring Mr Dymond is underway and the broadcaster will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.


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