ITV to work with Jeremy Kyle on ‘other projects’ despite show AXE

JEREMY Kyle will continue to work with ITV, despite his show being permanently cancelled.

ITV confirmed today that The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed for good, following the death of guest Steven Dymond.

However, bosses also said that they will work on other projects with Kyle, 53.

A statement from Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, read: “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.

“ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects”

Carolyn McCall, CEO of ITV

“Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.”

This continued: “The previously announced review of the episode of the show is underway and will continue.

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

As well as The Jeremy Kyle Show, the presenter also hosts The Kyle Files – a series which sees him explore number of social issues that are affecting people throughout Britain.

These issues include legal highs, knife crime, underage drinking and plastic surgery.

In 2015 he also fronted a ten-part daytime series called Jeremy Kyle’s Emergency Room. The show returned for a second series in March 2016.

Kyle has guest presented ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) too in the past.

He had hosted The Jeremy Kyle Show since 4th July, 2005.

The show began as a replacement for Trisha Goddard’s chat show, which moved to Channel 5.

Some are now speculating Trisha’s chat show could return to ITV.

Steven Dymond, 62, appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show on May 2.

While appearing on the show with estranged girlfriend Jane Callaghan, Mr Dymond failed to pass a lie detector test to prove that he hadn’t cheated on his former partner, in the hopes of reconciliation.

A few days later, he was found dead in the bedroom of his Portsmouth home, with pals fearing her killed himself.

His death sparked outrage over the impact the show could have had on his mental health, raising concerns over the safety of the contestants on the programme.

Following the news of Steven Dymond’s death, a spokesman for ITV said: “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.

“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.”

All episodes of the programme from its on-demand service ITV Hub have also been removed.

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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