The suspected suicide of Steve Dymond, the guest on Jeremy Kyle Show has led to the permanent termination of the show. ITV has confirmed the decision that it will not air The Jeremy Kyle Show any more because of the ‘gravity of recent events’. 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 cancellation comes after Jeremy Kyle guest Steve Dymond was found dead in his bedroom just days after his appearance on the show.
During his appearance, according to reports from audience members, the 63-year-old fell to the floor crying after failing a lie detector test that said he’d been unfaithful to his fiancée, Jane Callaghan. In a message left for his son, Carl Woolley, Dymond apparently continued to deny his innocence. He told the Mail Online: ‘I called after he got home from filming the episode. He was distraught over the break-up of the relationship.’ The health and safety adviser added: ‘He was adamant that he did not lie. He was so upset that he wasn’t making much sense, but he just kept repeating, “I haven’t cheated, Carl, I swear I haven’t cheated.”‘
As a result of the news, Jeremy Kyle was immediately was pulled off the air and filming ground to a halt until further notice. All previous episodes were also removed from the ITV Hub, and it was reported that Jeremy thought ITV was ‘waiting for an excuse to axe the show’. It was later revealed in a leaked e-mail by ITV bosses that it was done in order to protect the series from backlash. Questions about the show’s duty of care has come under fire, something they have adamantly defended. Their aftercare was also praised by other participants of the show after their experience However, Alex Reid has admitted he wished he had never taken part, and a former runner slammed the show, calling it ‘exploitative’.