Jeremy Kyle ‘utterly devastated’ after cancellation of TV show

Jeremy Kyle has said he is "utterly devastated" at the cancellation of his TV show following the death of a guest.

The confrontational talk show was suspended indefinitely by ITV on Monday following the death of a participant, 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after a programme featuring him was filmed.

The programme, which had been a regular fixture in the TV schedule since 2005, has now ended for good following calls for it to be cancelled from MPs and members of the public.

Kyle told the Sun: "Myself and the production team I worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family at this incredibly sad time."

Following the cancellation of the daytime show, MPs launched an inquiry into reality TV.

The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) will consider production companies' duty of care to participants taking part in reality shows and explore whether enough support is offered both during and after filming.

ITV has also faced scrutiny over its support for reality show talent following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

DCMS committee chairman Damian Collins said ITV "has made the right decision to permanently cancel the Jeremy Kyle Show", but "that should not be the end of the matter".

In a statement, he said: "There needs to be an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows and the DCMS select committee has decided to hold an inquiry this summer into these issues.

"Programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show risk putting people who might be vulnerable on to a public stage at a point in their lives when they are unable to foresee the consequences, either for themselves or their families.

"This kind of TV featuring members of the public attracts viewing figures in the millions but in return for ratings, the broadcasters must demonstrate their duty of care to the people whose personal lives are being exposed.

"With an increasing demand for this type of programming, we'll be examining broadcasting regulation in this area – is it fit for purpose?"

ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall announced on Wednesday morning that the show had been officially cancelled "given the gravity of recent events".

She said in a statement: "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 broadcaster said it will continue to work with Kyle on other projects, but it has not specified what those will be.

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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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Before the programme was axed, Dame Carolyn had told ITV staff in an email that halting filming and broadcasting of the show was "the best way we think we can protect the show and the production team" from the reaction to Mr Dymond's death.

Mr Dymond's body was found at an address in Grafton Street, Portsmouth, on May 9.

Hampshire Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

On Tuesday, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said it was a "deeply concerning case" as he called for broadcasters and production companies to have "appropriate levels of support in place".

Following the death of Thalassitis earlier this year, ITV said its "duty of care is a continuous and ongoing process for each (Love) Islander".

The broadcaster added that a review had led it to "extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us. And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management".

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".

The new series of Love Island is expected to air on ITV2 next month.

ITV will announce what will replace The Jeremy Kyle Show in the TV schedule in due course.

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