The Jeremy Kyle Show axed by ITV after death of guest

ITV has axed The Jeremy Kyle Show after 14 years following the death of a guest who took part in the programme.

Steve Dymond was found dead on 9 May a week after filming the show, during which he took a lie detector test.

ITV's chief executive Carolyn McCall said the decision was a result of the "gravity of recent events".

Following the announcement, a committee of MPs launched an inquiry into whether enough support is offered to guests on TV shows during and after filming.
Jeremy Kyle's guest Steve Dymond killed himself after appearing on the show and being outed as a cheater by a lie detector test. The incident has led to Kyle's popular daytime show being axed after 14 years. The show featuring Dymond has not been aired.
ITV's statement in full:
"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 previously announced review of the episode of the show is under way and will continue.

"ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects."

Damian Collins MP, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said the broadcaster had made the right decision.

"However, that should not be the end of the matter," he said. "There needs to be an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows."

Programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show risked "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", he said.

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The committee will question broadcasting executives and regulators. Love Island, another ITV show, has also come under scrutiny after the deaths of two former contestants.

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.

More than 3,000 episodes have been broadcast since its debut in 2005. Following Mr Dymond's death, ITV initially took the show off air and suspended filming.

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

A member of the audience who was at the recording told BBC News that Mr Dymond "collapsed to the ground" and was "sobbing" when he failed the lie detector test.

Lie detectors were a regular fixture on the programme, which often featured disputes between partners and family members.

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has told ITV to report back its initial findings on Mr Dymond's participation in the programme by Monday.

"While ITV has decided to cancel the programme, its investigation into what happened is continuing and we will review the findings carefully," an Ofcom spokesperson said.

The watchdog is now examining whether to update its code of conduct to protect people taking part in reality and factual shows.

"We're examining whether more can be done to safeguard the welfare of those people, similar to the duty of care we have in the broadcasting code to protect under-18s," the spokesperson said.

A lot has changed in 24 hours.

Yesterday morning, ITV were minded to wait for the coroner's verdict before deciding what to do with the show. In the past 24 hours, the evidence has grown that his appearance on the show had a devastating impact on Steve Dymond.

That evidence, and the fact that ITV is plastered across front pages once again, will have weighed heavily on the board's mind.

The company's director of television Kevin Lygo has tried to reinvent the broadcaster, and this programme was an anomaly within his offering: different in tone and editorial approach.

Nevertheless, it was a ratings hit, and much of its loyal audience will be despondent about it being pulled.

For all that, it's vital to remember that this is ultimately an exceptionally sad story of a troubled individual who was found dead in his flat.

Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was among those who welcomed the decision to pull the show, which he said "consisted of putting vulnerable people from disadvantaged backgrounds in stocks to have eggs thrown at them".

Piers Morgan, who hosts Good Morning Britain - a show Jeremy Kyle has previously guest presented - defended the host on Twitter, saying there was "so much snobbery an hypocrisy being spewed by his critics".

Former EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook, who has appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show, praised the care she was given.

Appearing on Channel 5's Jeremy Vine Show, she said: "If it wasn't for Jeremy Kyle I probably wouldn't be alive myself."

She added: "They really have looked after me and you know, since I've been in rehab I've spoken to Jeremy all the time and [psychotherapist] Graham [Stanier] and the team, and went I went back on the show, reassessed and [I was] really looked after."

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