Jeremy Kyle Show taken off air to protect it, ITV boss says in email

ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall has said in an email to staff that the decision to take The Jeremy Kyle Show off air is "the best way" to protect it following the death of a guest.

The confrontational talk show was suspended indefinitely by the broadcaster following the death of the participant, named as 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after the programme was filmed.

Mr Dymond took a lie-detector test to convince fiancee Jane Callaghan he had not been unfaithful, but they split after he failed, according to The Sun.

An email sent to staff by Dame Carolyn said that it "was a very difficult decision to make" to halt filming and broadcasting of the programme, but that they felt it would be "inappropriate to continue to broadcast the show when a participant on it has so recently died".

The email said: "This decision is not in any way a reflection on the show, but the best way we think we can protect the show and the production team from the reaction we expect to this death."

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We've got the lie detector results right here.

It's genuinely devastating.

He got grilled about being a "good father".

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Jermaine Pennant REFUSES to do a lie detector with wife Alice Goodwin on The Jeremy Kyle Show
Jermaine Pennant REFUSES to do a lie detector with wife Alice Goodwin on The Jeremy Kyle Show

Who doesn't need Jezza's help?

"I called the police on my salad."

"I called the police on my salad."

Cue the fireworks.

Well, forgetting to bring a ring is a bad start.

Well, forgetting to bring a ring is a bad start.

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Domestic violence victim Geoff appears on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Photo: ITV
ITV have confirmed that The Jeremy Kyle Show has been temporarily cancelled after a guest passed away after filming, with the show instead being replaced by Dickinson's Real Deal. ITV issued a statement about the sad news, writing: "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."The show has been cancelled indefinitelyThey continued: "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." The Jeremy Kyle Show has been on the air since 2005, and has aired over 3000 episodes. However, the show has not been without its controversies.A former guest on the show, Chris Lyons, previously opened up to The Guardian about his experiences, explaining: "It ruined my life. All of a sudden, I wasn't Chris Lyons any more. I was just that guy off the Jeremy Kyle show." Terry Carvell was another contestant on the show, and told the newspaper: "To tell you how bad it was: I haven't spoken to anybody in my family for about the last 15 years, but even my family members who saw the programme wrote letters complaining about how badly he'd treated me, and that half of what he said was untrue. We'd been recording for about 20 minutes or so and he said, 'Stand up, big man.' Well, I don't take crap from anybody. So I just looked at him. He got his microphone and he rammed it up under my chin. He was trying to provoke a reaction, and I just stood there. And he said, 'Just for one moment, you wanted to hit me, didn't you?'"
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The company-wide message also stated that ITV Studios' managing director Julian Bellamy would travel to Manchester, where the talk show is filmed, to meet with the production team.

It said that "everyone involved" will be offered support from the Employee Assistance Programme, as well as access to counsellors.

ITV has been urged to end broadcasts of the programme for good following the apparent suicide of Mr Dymond, who died around a week after filming his episode.

The network said staff at the broadcaster and the show's production team were "shocked and saddened" at the death and that the episode will be reviewed.

However, MP Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), said in a statement that TV companies "have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes".

Mr Collins said that the DCMS select committee will discuss "what should be done to review the duty of care support for people appearing in reality TV shows" in its private meeting on Wednesday.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: "This is a deeply concerning case. Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility to the mental health and wellbeing of both participants and viewers and must ensure that they have appropriate levels of support in place."

Ms Callaghan told The Sun that Mr Dymond had been "quietly struggling", but praised the show's team for their after-care efforts.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that we were called at 1.24pm on Thursday 9 May following the discovery of a body of a man in his 60s at an address in Grafton St, Portsmouth.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

A spokeswoman for Portsmouth coroner's office said: "HM Coroner has ordered a post-mortem to be carried out and is awaiting the result. An inquest is likely to be opened into the death within the next few days."

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The broadcaster will not screen any episodes of The Jeremy Kyle Show until further notice (Ian West/PA)

It has also emerged that a warrant for the arrest for Mr Dymond was issued after he failed to attend a court hearing for non-payment of a fine.

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

And in February, Mr Dymond had been due to attend a hearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court for the non-payment of a fine of £4,329.

A court spokeswoman confirmed that after he failed to attend the hearing, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Monday morning's episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show did not air and ITV has now wiped all episodes of the programme from its on-demand service, the ITV Hub. Episodes will not be shown on ITV2 either.

The broadcaster said the episode featuring the participant who died will be submitted for a review due to the "seriousness of this event".

Filming and broadcasting of the programme was suspended while the review is being conducted.

An Ofcom spokesman said: "This is clearly a very distressing case. Although we can only assess content that has been broadcast, we are discussing this programme with ITV as a priority to understand what took place."

The tabloid talk show sees host Kyle and psychotherapist Graham Stanier help the guests talk through their personal issues in front of a studio audience.

The programme has had its regular daytime morning slot on ITV since 2005.

The broadcaster's support for its reality show talent has also come under scrutiny following the deaths of two former Love Island contestants.

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