Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

ITV axes The Jeremy Kyle Show for good following death of guest

ITV axes The Jeremy Kyle Show for good following death of guest

The Jeremy Kyle Show, was the most popular programme in ITV's daytime schedule, with an average of one million viewers and a 22% audience share.

The pre-recorded episode Mr Dymond took part in was based on the subject of infidelity.

Ther pro-Kyle caller is realistic though, pointing out: "Of course" the show uses people like that for ratings, but that they are still helping people.

Dame Carolyn told ITV staff in an email that it would be "inappropriate to continue to broadcast the show when a participant on it has so recently died".

Following the episode's filming, Steve Dymond and Jane Callaghan split up, and their impending marriage was called off. Callaghan said that Dymond was "quietly struggling".

"The Jeremy Kyle Show has significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post-show which have been built up over 14 years".

Dymond, 63, was reportedly found dead on May 9, a week after filming the show.

In 2007, a judge compared the programme to bear-baiting when a participant was convicted of assault after a fight on set during the filming of a show.

In a statement, ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said: "Given the gravity of recent events we have chose to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show". He said: "I'm satisfied Steve meant to kill himself".

A spokeswoman for Portsmouth coroner's office said an inquest into Mr Dymond's death would be likely to be opened within the next few days, following the result of the post-mortem investigation.

He was originally ordered to pay almost £6,000 in compensation to two finance companies in 1997 at Poole Magistrates' Court.

On Tuesday, Charles Walker MP, a member of the all-party parliamentary group on suicide and self-harm prevention, told BBC News that Mr Dymond's death was a "watershed moment".

"Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also made a decision 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".

Theresa May's spokesman expressed "deep concern" about the incident yesterday and said that broadcasters must take action to support guests.

The broadcaster said it would also no longer be "reliant on the islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis".

Jeremy Kyle started his broadcasting career in radio, and is well remembered in the industry for his late-night phone-in shows, Late n Live and Jezza's Confessions, both networked across a number of commercial radio stations including BRMB and Century FM.

ITV has launched a review into the episode they featured in.

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