Production of The Jeremy Kyle Show has ended after ITV confirmed the show is being axed following the death of a guest after filming the show.
ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said in a statement today that the controversial daytime programme would no longer be filmed after the death of Steve Dymond a week after he filmed an episode of the show.
She said in a statement: “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.”
It is understood that Mr Dymond took a lie detector test on the show and that he was “distraught” by the results. He was found dead a week after filming the show, which is based at MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been filmed here for the past 14 years – originally at the old Granada Studios site in the city centre, before moving production to the state-of-the-art new studios at MediaCityUK. It aired weekday mornings on ITV.
The programme was pulled off-air on Monday morning and ITV suspended future broadcasts after the death of Mr Symonds.
Among those voicing concerns for the welfare of participants and viewers on such programmes was Prime Minister Theresa May.
In a statement on Tuesday her spokesman said: “This is a deeply concerning case.
“Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of participants and viewers of their programmes.
“We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place.”
It is understood that ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.
The host himself is yet to comment.