ITV scraps The Jeremy Kyle Show following tragic death
ITV has cancelled The Jeremy Kyle Show following the death of a participant.
Steven Dymond was found dead on 9 May, one week after filming an episode of the show. Investigations into the cause of death are ongoing.
ITV released a statement yesterday which said the company was “shocked and saddened”, and that the episode in question would not be screened.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced today: “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.”
ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects. The Jeremy Kyle Show averaged one million viewers, making it the most popular programme in ITV’s daytime schedule. A US version of the show ran for two seasons from 2011.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has long been a controversial fixture, facing accusations of cruelty and hypocrisy given Mr Kyle’s own alleged personal troubles.