Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Jeremy Kyle Show axed forever by ITV after Steve Dymond death
The controversial show was pulled from air following the suspected suicide of guest Steve Dymond, and today the channel announced it will not be returning.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, said: “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 underway and will continue.
"ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects."
This week has seen the series - which started in 2005 - face accusations of poor aftercare, dubious casting techniques and 'bear-baiting' of vulnerable guests.
Steve, 62, - who suffered from depression - was reportedly lured by the promise of a free lie detector test that he hoped would prove he hadn't cheated on on-off fiancée Jane Callaghan.
But it backfired when he failed, allegedly prompting host Jeremy to 'rip in to him' and Jane to end things for good.
"He had gone on the show solely to clear his name but he said it had gone wrong because of the lie detector test," his son Carl Woolley, 39, said.
Just over a week later he was found dead in his rented bedroom surrounded by letters written to loved ones.
He had been dead for some days.
According to his landlady Shelly, 55, who made the grim discovery, he was 'sobbing and distraught' when he returned from filming on May 2.